By Coral Barry
Every single Leeds player entering the final stages of their contract are worried about their futures at Elland Road, according to club captain Sol Bamba.
Coveted youngsters Lewis Cook and Charlie Taylor are about to enter the final year of their deals, while promising goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell will be out of contract in the June.
Cook, 19, won the Football League’s Young Player of the Year last month and has become one of the most sought after young English midfielders in the country with a wonderful year for his club.
Peacock-Farrell and Taylor are also highly thought of and Bamba has revealed there is tension in the Leeds camp with the uncertainty of a new manager and so many of the star players entering the final stages of their contracts.
“Some people are out of contract or some players have got another year or some other players have got more than that but we don’t know what is going to happen,” said Bamba after the Preston game on Saturday, as quoted by the Yorkshire Post.
“And let’s be honest, if we know who the manager is, then we can prepare better definitely.
“Even the medical staff as well, if they know who is coming they can meet with him and prepare for next season because pre-season is the most important thing in the season.
“If you have a good pre-season then you have got a good chance to have a good season. At the minute, we are all over the place but hopefully that can be fixed very quick.”
Leeds’ 1-1 draw with Preston was the final game of the season and brings to an end another frustrating campaign for the Yorkshire club.
Evans arrived in October to replace the sacked Uwe Rosler with Leeds already engaged in a relegation fight, but the Scotsman managed to successfully lead the Whites out of the drop zone and to an eventual 13th place finish.
The Leeds manager is now expected to leave Elland Road after he was not offered a permanent deal.
Evans has praised the likes of Cook and Taylor through-out the season and although he has tipped Peacock-Farrell for greatness, he questioned his attitude in training and subsequently left him out of the starting eleven to face Preston.
Leeds fans will be just as worried as the players as the club has garnered a reputation for willing to do business when it comes to selling their brightest prospects.
Cook has attracted the gaze of Manchester United this campaign and Sam Byram became the latest in a long line of Leeds stars to be shipped off to a Premier League club for a hefty fee.