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Five years after Andrea Radrizzani joined Leeds United as their new chairman, the club has enjoyed great success on and off the pitch. The Whites won promotion to the Premier League and managed to finish ninth last season, cementing themselves as an established top side.

Leeds went through four managers during the Italian’s tenure, before Jesse Marsch returned in February. It all started with Garry Monk, who was appointed by Massimo Cellino but resigned at the end of the 2016/17 season, shortly after Radrizzani took full control. That was before Thomas Christiansen and Paul Heckingbottom lasted less than 50 games between them in the following campaign.

However, everything was about to change at Los Blancos when Marcelo Bielsa walked through the door in the summer of 2018. The Argentine completely changed the sentiment around the club and brought back the good times, guiding Leeds to the play-off semi-final in his first season, before winning the league title.

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Although Bielsa’s tenure ended earlier this season, he will be fondly remembered for the work he did at the club. During their time in the Championship, Leeds had to regularly sell key assets in order to create funds. The promotion has meant the club is no longer reliant on selling players, with no significant player sales since the summer of 2019.

But how have the last big budget departures been since leaving Elland Road? Here’s a look at how top-tier Radrizzani-era sales fared after their moves.

jack clark

A promising youngster, Jack Clarke was tipped to become one of England’s next brightest prospects when he broke into the Leeds first team in 2018. He made a total of 22 appearances for the Bielsa’s side, before earning £10m away from the Whites as he joined Tottenham Hotspur.

Clarke immediately returned to the Whites on a season-long loan, but only played three times during their award-winning season. Since then, Clarke has played just three times for Spurs, before being loaned out to Queens Park Rangers, Stoke City and now Sunderland. He played six games after moving to the Stadium of Light in January.

Pontus Jansson

A no-nonsense defender, Jansson became a true cult hero during his three-year stint at Elland Road. But the Swedish centre-back left Los Blancos at the end of the 2018/19 season after making over 100 appearances, joining Thomas Frank’s Brentford.

He has since enjoyed great success with the Bees, helping them to the Championship play-off final in his first season, before doing better last year, finishing second in the second tier. Jansson has been a regular for the Brentford side this season, playing in all but two of their top games as they eye a mid-table finish.

Bailey Peacock-Farrell

The Northern Ireland international rose through the ranks at Los Blancos before becoming Leeds’ No.1 goalkeeper during Bielsa’s time at the club. However, he lost his place to Kiko Casilla towards the end of the 18/19 campaign, leaving his long-term future in doubt.

Subsequently, Peacock-Farrell decided to move on this summer, with Burnley signing him to a four-year deal with an option for a further year. However, he only made eight appearances for the Clarets, before spending a season-long loan spell at Sheffield on Wednesday last summer. The 25-year-old has played in every Ligue 1 game for the Owls this season.

Samu Saiz

After coming through Real Madrid‘s famed academy, Saiz spent time at Getafe and Atletico Madrid before his move to Leeds in 2017. The midfielder quickly established himself as a fan favorite in the club. Whites, scoring a hat-trick on his debut. against Port Vale in the League Cup.

After finishing the season with nine goals and seven assists, Saiz was nominated as one of four players for Leeds’ Player of the Year award. However, the midfielder struggled to form under Bielsa and returned to Spain with Girona in June 2019. Saiz is still plying his trade at the La Liga 2 side, scoring three times in 29 games so far this season .

Ronaldo Vieira

Vieira came through the ranks at Leeds before making his first-team debut on Matchday 1 of the 2016/17 campaign – a 3-0 loss to Queens Park Rangers. The midfielder made 38 appearances during Monk’s time at the club and was also instrumental in Christiansen’s move.



Ronaldo Vieira in action for Sampdoria in 2019

But the former England Under-21 international was sold for around £7m as he joined Sampdoria in Serie A. He played 54 games over two and a half seasons before moving on. join Hellas Verona for the second half of the campaign.

Kemar Roof

The Walsall-born striker joined Leeds in 2016 with high expectations after impressing for Oxford United. However, Roofe only scored three times in 49 games in his first season at the club. He improved in his last two years at the Whites, scoring a further 30 goals in 74 appearances, helping Leeds qualify for the play-offs.

As Patrick Bamford began to cement his place in the Leeds side, Roofe decided to move on in 2019 and signed for Anderlecht from Vincent Kompany for a value of around £7m. In his first seven games in the Belgian league, Roofe has scored five times, including an 81st-minute winner at Zulte Waregem.

Roofe is now at Rangers and guided the Glasgow club to the Scottish Premiership title last season, having scored 18 times in just 36 games. This season, Roofe has found the net 15 times in all competitions.

Chris Wood

A prolific goalscorer, Wood joined Leeds in 2015 after impressing for Leicester City in the Championship. The New Zealand international has proven to be a big hit at the Whites, netting 27 times in his second season at the club – the sixth-highest figure in a single second-tier campaign.

However, Wood decided to leave Los Blancos at the end of the 2016/17 season, moving to Premier League newcomer Burnley. He proved to be a key figure for Sean Dyche’s side as they remained in the division for five successive campaigns, before opting to join Newcastle United in January. He has scored two goals in 10 games for the Magpies so far.