By Will Butcher
Leeds fans have reacted on Twitter after it was reported that senior trio Ross Turnbull, Luke Murphy and Toumani Diagouraga could be handed lifelines at Elland Road.
The three players have been seemingly frozen out by Leeds boss Garry Monk, with their names omitted from the Yorkshire giants’ official matchday programme to face Barnsley on Saturday.
However, the Yorkshire Evening Post have now claimed that the trio are unlikely to have their contracts terminated despite being banished from the Leeds squad list.
This will come as a surprise to Leeds fans, given that the trio have amassed just two appearances throughout the whole season between them.
Murphy and Diagouraga have played one game apiece, while former Chelsea goalkeeper Turnbull is yet to feature for Monk’s side.
Fans have discussed on social media whether it is worth persevering with the senior trio.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
The way our club is treating Murphy, Diagouraga and Turnbull isn't the way to treat players.
— Sveifors (@sveifors) October 3, 2016
— Matt Carlyle (@MattCarlyle7) October 3, 2016
Don't see the point of #lufc actively marginalising Murphy and Diagouraga. What if CM injury crisis and we need them motivated to play?
— Jonny Hooper (@jonnyhooper86) October 3, 2016
@Ryan_Currie1 they need to be off the books so we can use the funds to bring in another striker
— Parma (@Parma_Official) September 27, 2016
Id like Murphy, Turnbull and Diagouraga to secede from the squad and form their own team within Leeds United #lufc
— Matty Gill (@3788MG) October 3, 2016
— Mark Roper (@markroper23) October 3, 2016
@PhilHayYEP Diagouraga had very strong half to last season and worth a place on the bench at the very least. Murphy is a decent squad player
— Oldham Rob LUFC (@ROBERTPRESTWICH) October 3, 2016
Turnbull, who has a Premier League and Champions League winners’ medal from his time in West London, is considered fourth choice goalkeeper at Elland Road behind Rob Green, Marco Silvestri and Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
The 31-year-old has endure a nightmare stay in Yorkshire, after undergoing a second ankle operation in March that has continued to keep him sidelined.
Former Paris Saint-Germain youth player Diagouraga only moved to Elland Road in January under previous boss Steve Evans in a £575,000 deal, but he has not made Monk’s 18-man matchday squad since the opening day 3-0 defeat against QPR.
Murphy, a product of Dario Gradi’s impressive youth set up at Crewe Alexandra, has also featured just once this season in the EFL Cup against Luton Town.
In other Leeds news, fans have reacted astonishment on Twitter following the treatment of this loan star.