Former Leeds United midfielder Eirik Bakke is excited at the prospect of his former team getting promoted to the Premier League, but he also had a warning for his old club if they manage to pull it off.
Leeds are just four points away from securing a place back in the Premier League for next season and face Barnsley in a Yorkshire derby later today.
Bakke, who spent seven years at Elland Road, has been speaking to the press in his native Norway about the potential for Leeds to get promoted in the coming weeks.
Whilst admitting to NRK that he is hopeful of Leeds winning promotion, the former Norway international also made it clear they must not follow in the footsteps of another of his former clubs.
“I do not pop the champagne yet, until everything is tied up. But it looks very good now…
“…It is important to use the resources in the right way. Look at Aston Villa, they moved up last year and have spent a lot of money. But they may be about to go straight down again. It is extremely tough in the Premier League.”
Aston Villa, where Bakke had a loan spell toward the end of his spell with Leeds, were promoted from the play-offs last season and spent big in the summer to try and maintain their Premier League status.
However, the club’s new recruits have struggled to gel and Dean Smith’s side are currently fighting a desperate relegation battle.
Whilst Leeds will undoubtedly need to spend some money in the summer to be competitive in the Premier League, Bakke is suggesting that quality must be signed over quantity.
Given Marcelo Bielsa’s desire to work with a small squad and the shrewd recent additions by director of football Victor Orta, that will hopefully be the case.