Noel Whelan has warned Leeds United could end up in 10th place in next season’s Championship if they don’t invest in the squad this summer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the United-supporting pundit and former striker shared his concerns after the club batted down Qatar links, Andrea Radrizzani’s “difficult” window claim and reports of a bargain basement transfer masterplan.

As reported by Football Insider, the Leeds owner has made it clear behind the scenes there will be no major investment in the team even if the club are forced to cash in on some of their star players.

Recruitment chief Victor Orta has been charged with concentrating on “quality loan signings” and free or bargain signings who can slot straight into the first team.

“Mr Radrizzani has spoken about the runnings costs of Leeds being high, but the fans are going to want to see investment, I want to see investment, we know we need it,” Whelan told Football Insider.

“Last season, it was a level playing field in the Championship. Next season it will be more difficult. The £7-10million spent last summer, we are going to need to double that.

“It will be a stronger Championship. Huddersfield will be very strong and have a team that can compete and do very well, Cardiff will be the same. Fulham will also have the parachute payments.

“You still have Stoke, West Brom, who have money to spend, and Nottingham Forest will invest again. Either you keep up with them or you sit still.

“If we do not keep up with them in the right areas, we could find ourselves in 10th next season.”

This comes after Marcelo Bielsa steered Leeds to a third-placed league finish in his debut campaign and a play-off semi-final spot that ended in heartache at the hands of Derby County.

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