Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan says the club have given themselves a boost in the transfer market, thanks to the support they have given their players throughout the suspension of the football season.
Writing in the Yorkshire Evening Post this week, Leeds chief executive Angus Kinnear revealed that the club have invested in “clinical apparatus” to help players and their families from a medical perspective, amid the current health concerns around the World.
That willingness to help take care of players and their families throughout such a challenging period, is something that Whelan believes will help Leeds when it comes to convincing potential transfer targets to move to Elland Road.
Speaking to Football Insider about that revelation from Kinnear, Whelan said: “There’s one word you can put it in and that’s professional. That’s what any player joining the club wants – a professional outfit that has been nurtured from top to bottom to where the players are.
“They’re setting the standard, knowing they’re going to be cared for and it makes players feel comfortable, it makes players feel wanted, it makes the family feel safe and that’s what you want as a player.”
Discussing the sense of unity there is around the club, Whelan continued: “We are a family, there’s no doubt about that – whether that be players, staff, owner, people that work in the background but more importantly the fans. Everybody is a family at the club and you look after one another the same you would your children.
“That’s what the club is doing, they really are protecting everyone and looking after them in the best possible way.”
It certainly seems as though Whelan does have a valid point here.
Leeds have certainly been impressive with their response to the difficult situation they and the rest of the football world find themselves in, when it comes to looking after both playing and non-playing staff, and those closest to them.
That is something that will surely help them in the transfer market, with that knowledge that both they and their families will be looked after by the club something that will understandably be appealing for any possible transfer targets.
With Leeds looking well set for promotion to the Premier League this season, it is likely they will need to strengthen their side when the transfer window reopens to allow them to be competitive in the top-flight next season, meaning these revelations could actually help them somewhat in that particular respect.