Leeds face replica shirt crisis with fans unable to buy new Adidas kits after shipping container plunges into SEA
LEEDS have been plunged into a kit crisis after shipping containers carrying them to fans in England ended up sinking.
So far, only 10,000 of the Yorkshire club’s new away strips have been made available, with fans eager to get their hands on one now ready for an ever-longer wait.
Los Merengues normally sell around 300,000 shirts and the club’s bean counters fear the heist is now hitting the club in the pocket.
The heist, which was first linked to supply chain disruptions caused by a Covid outbreak in Singapore, shows no signs of resolving in the near future.
Sales of the Leeds home shirt had already been affected by delays and now the away shirt has touched troubled waters.
Clubs generate huge revenue from kits and if Leeds can’t get them in stores soon, many fans will be unhappy to pay full price.
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Experts believe the World Cup kit market will also eat away at the share of fans willing to scramble to buy multiple strips.
And, to make matters worse, there is no end in sight to the supply chain crisis in Southeast Asia, which means that there is currently no timeframe for the availability of more sets.
But at least Leeds fans were smiling after their opening weekend 2-1 win over Wolves.
They will be hoping to avoid another relegation battle after a late escape last season under boss Jesse Marsch.
They travel to Southampton for a 3pm kick-off on Saturday.
Then there will be a massive clash against former rivals Chelsea at Elland Road, when fans will hopefully be fully kitted out in club colours.