It’s a crying shame that I’m not writing this sometime into June. Yes, it does just feel like the season ended very abruptly. But Leeds must press on and look to do their business before a ball is kicked in pre-season. Marcelo’s war chest is as much about the outgoings as it is the incomings and further trimmings to the squad are expected. Here are the players that are expected to be leaving Elland Road this summer and freeing up some funds for Leeds:
Samu Saiz: Unless there is a dramatic change of personal circumstances, I think it’s highly unlikely that Samu plays for Leeds again, unfortunately. The number of games towards the end of this season where we yearned for his trickery and excitement are many. It’s likely Samu finds another team in Spain, his games for La Liga over-performers Getafe have been few and far between but a player of his ability will be an asset to many clubs.
Hadi Sacko: Hadi, a cult icon in a minor way? Videos have surfaced on the internet of him scoring some wonder goals for his loan club Ankaragücü in the Turkish Super Lig and he may well sign there permanently. Marcelo saw him as surplus to requirements when he came in last summer and I doubt much will have changed in that sense. So long Hadi, thanks for the memories…
Pawel Cibicki: Pawel struggled to really get going at Leeds and has had seemingly successful loan stints at Molde and IF Elfsborg this season. The latter has an option to buy at the end of it.
Laurens De Bock: Last January’s miracle answer to Leeds’ left-back problems, or not. With Alioski, Douglas and Dallas ahead of him in the pecking order it’s unlikely we see the 26 year old in a Leeds shirt again.
Vurnon Anita: Anita had little success in his short-time at Elland Road, racking up a few appearances at left-back but not making much of a lasting impact. Another player who wasn’t given a shirt number at the start of this season.
Caleb Ekuban: Caleb is an interesting one here. He seems to have fit in well on loan at Trabzonspor and may well go on to have a very decent career. It’s been reported that they tend to activate a clause in the loan deal that will keep him there permanently at the end of the season. Leeds are set to receive around £2 million from the deal.