The Athletic’s Phil Hay has claimed that Leeds United’s potential investment over the coming transfer windows could come from the 49ers Enterprises buying some more shares.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side had a fairly quiet summer transfer window compared to their first one after promotion to the Premier League last year, signing only Junior Firpo and Dan James as new first-team additions – Jack Harrison of course saw his move finally made permanent too.
Now, in response to a question from a fan about what the plans could be for next summer, Hay brought in the potential role the 49ers Enterprises could have.
He said: “Hard to predict that at this stage because it depends on factors – is Bielsa staying, how have individuals played etc. And the budget. But yes, they will need investment as the seasons go on.
“It’s most likely to come from 49ers Enterprises via the purchase of more shares, or that’s my view anyway. But while staying up this season would be fine, to push on they will have to address aspects of the squad. No doubt about that.”
Hay’s claim followed on from comments made by Leeds supremo Andrea Radrizzani, who said: “Now we are partnered with 49ers, this is fundamentally very important because it will be very difficult to stay in the Premier League, but if we stay in it this year I think we can go much more than last year and go into the top six.
“Start to renovate the stadium and continue to grow the value of this club.”
The summer just gone by saw the Whites take a more reserved approach to the transfer market, but another season of staying in the Premier League would surely allow them to loosen the purse-strings.
Leeds fans will no doubt be watching the likes of Newcastle being taken over by new owners and the prospect of massive amounts of investment, and will be longing for a similar kind of spending spree in the future.
If the 49ers can help with that by extending their involvement in the club by purchasing some more shares, than Leeds could well push for some more marquee signings sooner rather than later.
Unsurprisingly, that would probably leave the Elland Road faithful buzzing.