Noel Whelan has claimed that Leeds may have had problems in agreeing to loan extensions for all of their current on-loan players, following comments made by the club’s chief executive Angus Kinnear.
Since the season will have to be extended as a result of the current global situations, clubs such as Leeds will have to secure extensions for their loan players, in order to retain their services for the remainder of the campaign.
Writing about that issue in the Yorkshire Evening Post, Kinnear revealed that the “majority of clubs are working to the spirit of the game”, and it seems the fact that Kinnear did not recognise all clubs as doing that is something that has concerned Whelan.
Speaking to Football Insider about those observations from Kinnear, Whelan said: “It sounds a little bit ominous, doesn’t it?
“There’s always going to be people sceptical and worried about their futures when it comes to this sort of pandemic and what’s been happening – would it be short-term for a couple of months, would it be a year?”
Indeed, it seems the former Leeds striker feels the club would be hard done by if they were to lose one of those loanees given their own actions recently, as he continued: “Again, Leeds United have done everything so, so well and if it is other clubs then it’s one of those where you’re going to be disappointed but everyone’s going to be covering their own backs at the minute.
“As much as clubs want to continue the right were, there will be issues where it’s going to be different to what it was three or four months ago.”
Leeds currently have five loanees on their books, in the form of goalkeeper Illan Meslier, defender Ben White, and attacking trio Helder Costa, Jack Harrison and Jean-Kevin Augustin.
Costa’s move from Wolves is set to become permanent in the summer, with the club also holding the option of purchasing Harrison, Augustin and Meslier outright at the end of the season from Manchester City, RB Leipzig and Lorient respectively.
White, Harrison and Costa have all featured in every single one of Leeds’ league game this season, highlighting their importance to the Whites’ promotion push.
Meslier meanwhile will have a big part to play in the end to the season with fellow ‘keeper Kiko Casilla banned for the next six games, while Augustin is the only established alternative to Patrick Bamford in the centre forward role for Bielsa’s side, meaning losing any of those players could be a huge blow for the club.