Simon Jordan comments on Andrea Radrizzani and lauds Leeds United fans

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani looks on before the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at iPro Stadium on February 21, 2018 in Derby, England.

Former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan has made some bold claims about current Championship leaders Leeds United.

Leeds fans celebrate their team's victory during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on November 29, 2014 in Leeds, England.

We may be just eight games into a 46 match Championship season but it is hard not to get carried away by Leeds United.

A team that finished in the bottom half of the table in 2017/18 have suddenly clicked into gear under new head coach Marcelo Bielsa, topping the league and playing arguably the best football outside the Premier League.

Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani deserves a great deal of credit for taking a big and expensive gamble on Bielsa, who had never managed in England and recently endured a dismal spell in France with Lille.


But the risk is paying off in style right now and former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan believes Leeds could be a force to be reckoned with if their progress continues.

"(Radrizzani) is a very bright guy, he is very well-heeled and well connected in football. If he gets Leeds facing the right way then this is a powerhouse that should be back in the Premier League,” Jordan told Jim White on talkSPORT (19 September, 11.30am).

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Leeds United at The Den on September 16, 2017 in London, England.

Jordan had plenty of run-ins against Leeds during his time at Crystal Palace, the club he owned between 2000 and 2010. And the outspoken businessman has admitted that the Whites' infamous fan base had an effect on him.

“It’s a fascinating club," Jordan added. "In the times that we played them they had one of the most awe-inspiring fan bases. The support that Leeds brought (to Selhurst Park) was actually quite intimidating and I’m not an easily intimidated person.”

Elland Road is certainly in good spirits right now and so it should be. Things have not looked this good since the turn of the century after all.

Fans of Leeds United celebrate during the Sky Bet Championship between Leeds United and Rotherham United at Elland Road on August 18, 2018 in Leeds, England.

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