By Alex Stevens
Noel Whelan has voiced his concern that emerging stars Lewis Cook and Charlie Taylor could quit Leeds this summer.
The former Elland Road striker is dismayed at the lack of organisation at the top of the club, which has left the position of manager Steve Evans hanging by a thread.
The players are also in the dark about their off-season programme and what they need to do in the summer to return to pre-season in top condition.
“No-one knows who the next manager is which will determine whether these players want to stay and there’s so much that nobody knows,” Whelan told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “How we fare next year also depends on if we can keep Lewis Cook, if we can keep Charlie Taylor, and there’s so much that should have been sorted out before now which just leaves everything up in the air.
“The lads don’t know when they are coming in for pre-season, they have not made any plans for pre-season and there are spaces at the club in the Academy that have not been filled.
“In my time, I don’t think I’ve ever come across a club that is so disorganised. Sol Bamba is club captain and he says he has no idea what’s going on. And as a player, what does that say about the organisation of the club you are playing for? You may love it, and we all do love it, but it’s an absolute shambles.”
Coveted youngsters Cook and 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 on the back of two fine seasons 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 about the manager situation and so many of the star players entering the final stages of their contracts.
Leeds fans will be just as worried as the players as the club has acquired a reputation for willing to do business when it comes to selling their brightest prospects.
Cook has attracted the gaze of a number of Premier League clubs this campaign amid fears he will follow Sam Byram by being sold to a top-flight club for a hefty fee.