Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani hopes to emulate Wolverhampton Wanderers’ success in shadow of Jorge Mendes.
Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani hopes to emulate Wolverhampton Wanderers next season, but in doing so he risks ignoring a more traditional – and lower risk – route to success.
It is worth considering that hopping into bed with an agent is no foolproof way of turning Premier League dreams into reality, this is after all Wolves’ second stab at promotion after last year’s attempt – which delivered a 15th-placed finish and losses of £23 million. Should they fail this time out [and it could still happen, however unlikely] the chances are they would have to move on many of their league-leading squad and start afresh under ever-tightening financial constraints.
Radrizzani’s recent comments can be interpreted as worryingly reactive, and overlook the fact that Leeds’ problems this campaign are a lot of his doing. It was he who hired and handed Victor Orta the steering wheel with which to drive the Whites’ summer recruitment, the prospect of which almost certainly influenced Garry Monk’s decision to quit Elland Road five days earlier.
Of the 15 [new] signings made since then, it’s difficult to describe anyone other than Samu Saiz, Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Adam Forshaw as outright triumphs, whereas Monk and his staff had a much higher hit rate – delivering last season’s stars Robert Green, Luke Ayling, Kyle Bartley, Pontus Jansson and Pablo Hernandez, many of whom they had either played with, coached or both.
And while the latter regime was by no means free from failure, even Alfonso Pedraza and Modou Barrow are fulfilling their potential elsewhere this season – evidence, surely, that managers still have the best eye for a player?
So before another step in the unknown, why not place more faith in Paul [Heckingbottom] – Leeds’ current manager and the man who brought Andy Yiadom, Liam Lindsay, Ryan Kent, Harvey Barnes and Oli McBurnie [to name but a few] to Barnsley.
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