Leeds United news LIVE: Report claims Premier League could be reduced to 18


“/THRIVING: Leeds United celebrate Rodrigo's equaliser in the 1-1 draw at home to Manchester City, the club's last game before the October international break. Photo by Paul Ellis - Pool/Getty Images.
THRIVING: Leeds United celebrate Rodrigo’s equaliser in the 1-1 draw at home to Manchester City, the club’s last game before the October international break. Photo by Paul Ellis – Pool/Getty Images.

The international transfer window is now closed but Premier League clubs can do deals with EFL sides until 5pm on Friday. Will Leeds further strengthen their squad?

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Last updated: Sunday, 11 October, 2020, 13:29

  • Domestic transfer window closes at 5pm on Friday, October 16.
  • Whites have nine players away on senior international duty.
  • Leeds back in action next Monday at home to Wolves.

The 18-team Premier League – claims

The Telegraph, in a world exclusive, are reporting that they have seen a ‘Revitalisation’ document authored by Liverpool’s owners the Fenway Sports Group which has the support of Manchester United. The plans are referred to as ‘Project Big Picture’.  The idea is that an an 18-team Premier League would pave the way for an an extra £250 million worth of funding to be given to the EFL  but with parachute payments abolished. The Telegraph claim that Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are also expected to support the plans. The report suggests there would still be three teams relegated from an 18-team Premier League with three promoted but with the 16th-placed team in the Premier League going into a play-offs system against the sides that finished third, fourth and fifth in the Championship with the top two still automatically promoted. The League Cup would be either scrapped or no longer feature the teams in Europe whilst the future of the Community Shield would also be up for debate. The ‘one-club, one-vote’ principle, which currently sees every Premier League side get an equal say in proceedings, would also go along with the minimum threshold of 14 votes to pass regulation changes. The nine clubs who have been in the country’s top flight for the longest would then have the power to dictate how the competition is run – the big six plus Everton, Southampton and West Ham – with six votes needed to change a rule. Changes to the loan system would also allow clubs to send out 15 players on loan domestically.

An 18-team Premier League?

Tyler Roberts on the bench for Wales

We definitely wouldn’t mind him at Elland Road!

Sunday internationals diary…(all Nations League clashes)

2pm: Tyler Roberts (Wales) – Ireland (a)

5pm: Kalvin Phillips (England) – Belgium (h)

5pm: Gjanni Alioski (North Macedonia) – Estonia (a)

7.45pm: Liam Cooper (Scotland) – Slovakia (h)

7.45pm: Stuart Dallas (Northern Ireland) – Austria (h)

7.45pm: Mateusz Klich (Poland) – Italy (h)

For Whites international trio Diego Llorente, Rodrigo and Robin Koch last night on the international front. All three were unused substitutes, Llorente and Rodrigo as Spain enjoyed a 1-0 victory at Switzerland in…



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