Report: Leeds see increase in fees paid to agents, but are not biggest spenders in the Championship

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Leeds United have seen the amount they pay to agents increase in the 12 months, but Cardiff City top the second tier charts.

Leeds United have seen the amount they pay to agents increase in the 12 months leading up to September 30th, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The Whites' outlay went up by around 25%, as they paid players' representatives £786,897 in the most recent period, which represented a considerable increase from the £597,901 spent the previous year.

While the figures are alarming, the Yorkshire club are well down in the Championship table, as the Yorkshire Evening Post report that 14 other sides have spent more on paying agents. Cardiff City topped the list, having spent an eye-watering £2.8m, although their recent spell in the Premier League would make this figure more understandable.

With Leeds languishing in the table that matters, it is safe to say that there is at least some correlation between the money spent on agents and the performance of the side on the pitch.

While the numbers do not include transfer fees, the amount a club is willing to pay an agent is surely relative to how important a potential signing, or getting a current player to sign a new contract, would be to the side. 

Therefore, while Leeds can be happy that they are not paying astronomical fees to agents, and shouldn't throw money at players' representatives if it isn't necessary, being willing to spend more on agents may have a direct impact on the standard of players arriving, as well as the calibre of the players that are signing new deals at Elland Road.

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