Eleven Sports reports could help Leeds United's promotion charge

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.

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani is reportedly under pressure.

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.

According to The Telegraph, Eleven Sports are considering pulling out of the UK market after just a few months.

The company is run by Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani and The Telegraph reports the Whites could face potential financial trouble if Eleven Sports shut down their streaming service due to a lack of subscribers.

However Leeds fans should not panic, because the report claims that one way for Radrizzani to offset the financial fallout, would be for the Whites to gain promotion.

 

The Telegraph claims Leeds are under added pressure to win promotion this season due to Eleven Sports' disappointing start in the UK.

This could work in Leeds' favour at present, with the Whites currently top of the Championship.

Taking it up a level

Manager Marcelo Bielsa has said he is not pinning his hopes on a January spending spree.

Given the financial circumstances, Leeds are unlikely to start gambling by making big money bids for players. In an unpredictable league, that would be unwise, although it is one way to attack the situation.

Marcelo Bielsa manager of Leeds United looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Leeds United at Bramall Lane on December 01, 2018 in Sheffield, England.

Instead Leeds are likely to continue to focus their efforts as they did in the summer, looking for bargains, like £3 million Barry Douglas, and trying to sign top talents on loan.

Eleven Sports' situation means Radrizzani cannot sit back.

He does not have to spend big and panic, but there should be a middle ground where all allocated resources are used to bring the right players to Leeds who can help their promotion charge.

The Mail reported in 2017 that promotion is worth £170 million to a football club. That figure is likely to have risen since.

Leeds fans should be hopeful that the reports turn out to be a positive, focusing Radrizzani on the short term goal of winning promotion.

Andrea Radrizzani, Owner of Leeds United (3R) looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on October 21, 2017 in Bristol, England.

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