Massimo Cellino has revealed in an exclusive interview with Simon Austin what he feels Leeds United need to compete for Premier League promotion next season.
The Italian is currently away from the club and won’t return to resume his role as president inside this season.
However, he’s been monitoring things from afar and is excited about what Leeds are capable of looking ahead to the next campaign.
“If we can get two, three new players in the summer then we will be strong next season,” said Cellino.
“Then we can start to think about the Premier League. But they have to be the right players.”
Current manager Neil Redfearn deserves huge credit for the way he’s stabilised the team having been appointed boss by Cellino earlier in the season.
His hands were tied in terms of how he could develop the side by the transfer embargo, but he’s found a way to get more out of the younger core of players at the club.
Leeds are now looking good for a top ten finish in the Championship, which would be a sure fire way for Redfearn to get a crack at promotion looking ahead to next season.
Whether he has more of a say in terms of the players who come in over the summer is doubtful, but he’s showing good intelligence in terms of how to get the most from younger players alongside the more experienced players and the new signings.
Leeds suffered over the early part of this campaign because there was some uncertainty in several aspects, with Cellino frequently changing the manager until Redfearn was given the chance to settle.
Hopefully the exact opposite will be evident at the start of next season.