By Alex Stevens
Steve Evans has hailed Leeds loan trio Liam Bridcutt, Mustapha Carayol and Tom Adeyemi as “gifted” and with plenty to offer his team.
But decisions will not be made about their long-term futures at the Championship club until the end of the season.
Bridcutt extended his loan from Sunderland in January after impressing in a stop-gap spell, while Carayol and Adeyemi are on season-long loans from Middlesbrough and Cardiff respectively.
Bridcutt, who is hoping to return from injury in Saturday’s Championship clash against Reading at Elland Road, has established himself as a key member of Evans’ midfield.
But winger Carayol and midfielder Adeyemi have been in and out of the team and it is unlikely that Leeds will be quite so keen to make their deals permanent.
Asked about the futures of loan trio, Evans told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “First and foremost, it is the decision of the parent club and player. It would be disrespectful to talk about Liam Bridcutt’s future if Sam Allardyce hasn’t discussed it before. I think they are three gifted players and have something to bring to the squad and party. But those decisions, one hundred million per cent, are with Russell (Slade) at Cardiff, [Middlesbrough boss] Aitor Karanka and Big Sam.
“We will let those coaches be the first factors of when they speak to those players and then we will come into it, if we decide they are part of our future.”
Leeds are 15th in the Championship ahead of Saturday’s clash and are hoping to make a late push for a top-ten finish to what has been another topsy-turvy campaign.
Following a turbulent week at the club, the latest Leeds news is that a member of Evans’ backroom staff has decided to quit at the end of the season.