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The 3 most likely Leeds United departures between now and August 31st

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As incoming transfers take focus at Leeds United, there is still the question of a few players’ futures for the upcoming season.

With the Whites looking for a long stay in the Premier League, the under-23s have benefitted from long-term investment in the last two summers.

Victor Orta’s scouting along the way has helped Leeds build a strong academy setup that is breeding talent consistently knocking on the first-team door under Marcelo Bielsa.

With this influx, though, comes the chance for fringe players to go out and gain valuable experience for the season ahead.

There have already been a few that have been loaned out, with some potentially confirming their exit from Elland Road permanently.

As we look ahead to the back end of the transfer window, we explore the three most likely outgoings at Leeds before the end of August

Robbie Gotts

The first name on the list is Robbie Gotts, a midfielder who was perhaps surprisingly left out of the side’s pre-season schedule.

The under-23s were busy as they faced a number of sides and impressed along the way, but Gotts never featured as Lewis Bate arrived from Chelsea in his position.

After two loans in 2020/21, he proved his credentials at least at the top of League Two level, and potentially into League One.

It isn’t clear where his future lies, but his lack of involvement in the summer suggests that the club would be looking to move him on.

Niall Huggins

The next is someone that had a core part to play in Leeds’ under-23 campaign last season, as he featured prominently at full-back while the side won promotion to the PL2 Division One.

However, it has been reported by Football League World that three Championship clubs are intensifying their pursuit of the Wales youth international.

Having made his debut against Arsenal last term, he does seem like someone who is rated by the club, but it’s not likely that he’ll be getting regular playing time in the league.

Blackburn Rovers are currently leading the way for his signature and he’s another transfer development worth keeping an eye on.

Ian Poveda

The last name on the list is a winger that could well see his first team involvement deteriorate this season.

He had looked impressive in his cameos after promotion and even had top full-backs struggling when he came off the bench, but he’s not really kicked on as hoped.

Crysencio Summerville’s rise to prominence also sees him knocking on the door for a debut too under Bielsa and the pressure is on Poveda to prove he’s the next best choice.

The trip to Manchester United saw the Dutch youngster included in the squad instead of Poveda and it might suggest who is above who in the pecking order.

Poveda turns 22 this season and it’s time he gets a season under his belt of regular football, and there would be teams eager to take him on loan in the Championship.

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