The three most pressing items in Radrizzani in-tray at Leeds
By Will Butcher
Andrea Radrizzani is set to face a number of immediate Leeds dilemmas after it was finally confirmed that he had bought a 50 per cent stake in the club.
BBC sports editor Dan Roan revealed the news on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday that Radrizzani had secured joint ownership of the club with fellow Italian Massimo Cellino.
BREAKING Andrea Radrizzani becomes new co-owner of Leeds Utd, buying 50% stake from Massimo Cellino
— Dan Roan (@danroan) January 4, 2017
Now, owning 50 per cent of the Yorkshire giants, Radrizzani must move swiftly in his new job as co-owner of Leeds to tie up these three loose ends:
The 37-year-old manager Garry Monk has masterminded Leeds progression from the bottom of the Championship to a lofty fifth position in England’s second tier. However, the former Swansea manager’s current Elland Road deal is set to expire in less than six months time and it is imperative that Monk is signed in order to steady the ship. Fans have already gone through a period of suspense when Monk was recently touted with a return to Swansea and it’s likely his future will be speculated upon further if Radrizzani does not offer Monk a new contract.
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Sign up Bartley
Radrizzani must tie up a deal for on-loan Swansea defender Kyle Bartley, as he continues to drive Leeds towards the Premier League. Despite centre-back partner Pontus Jansson taking the plaudits, Bartley has inspired Leeds with a fiery passion and unwavering commitment which has seen him wear the armband in the absence of Liam Bridcutt. With his season-long loan deal set to expire in the summer, a permanent move this month should be high on the new Italian owner’s agenda.
Striker is needed to secure promotion
It is obvious that a new striker at Elland Road is of desperate need as manager Monk looks to share the goalscoring pressure on top scorer Chris Wood’s shoulders. A handful of names have been reportedly interesting Leeds ahead of a January move, but Radrizanni must give Monk the funds to make his own signing. Placing trust in the former Swansea boss is of vital importance, as Monk looks to bring in the man he believes will fire Leeds to the Premier League for the first time since their relegation in 2004.
In other Leeds news, Radrizzani has had this to say about Monk after confirming his takeover.