Andrea Radrizzani has been given a very clear indication from the EFL that he can copy the Wolves model of transfers and build a team that can sweep to the Championship title and win promotion to the Premier League.
After asking questions of the EFL with regards to Wolves connection with super agent Jorge Mendes, the official answer came back today in a full statement from the EFL.
In the statement the EFL said: “Discussions between the EFL and management of Wolverhampton Wanderers have now concluded in regard to the matter of the relationship between the club, majority shareholder Fosun and intermediary Jorge Mendes.
“ The EFL would like to place on record its appreciation to the management of Wolverhampton Wanderers for their help and assistance in resolving this matter within a sensible and appropriate timeframe.”
Back in March, after losing to Wolves, Radrizzani wrote to the EFL for clarification about the legality of what Wolves were doing.
He said: “I want to understand the rules so I can act like them.”
“If it’s possible I would do the same as it’s been proven to be successful for the team. If not I will do as I did in the past, which I’m happy with too.
“It’s an opportunity for me to clarify the rules because I want to build a successful team on the pitch like Wolverhampton.
“To do it I might need to have five or six players on loan from an important agent or important clubs in Europe. I need to understand if it’s practical as I would like to do the same.”
Now Radrizzani has got to live up to his word or risk falling out even further with Leeds fans after the recent controversy over the summer tour to Myanmar.
With clearance to “act like them” Leeds fans will be expecting significant investment and/or loan deals from important agents.
The rules have been clarified, now it’s up to Radrizzani to exploit them to the full and take Leeds back to the Premier League.
One thing’s for sure, a summer transfer window like last year won’t be good enough – Radrizzani has set his stall out. Now it’s time for him – and for recruitment man Victor Orta – to deliver.
Orta has also had his critics but must now step up and work with Radrizzani to deliver the squad that Radrizzani has promised.
The two of them must put up, or shut up.