Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom has revealed that the club are set for the most important weeks of the summer in the aftermath of the end of their Championship season.
The Whites wrapped up the campaign with a 2-0 win over Queens Park Rangers at Elland Road, and will head straight out on a post-season trip to Myanmar with a 22-man party.
However, the boss, as quoted on the personal Twitter account of BBC reporter Adam Pope, has stated that D-Day for the retained list, which will state which under-pressure stars will remain and which will be leaving, will be after their south east Asian exploits.
Paul Heckingbottom says this is the most important 2 weeks of the summer. “I have a clear idea of what’s needed.” Says the squad retained list won’t be complete until after this week’s trip to Myanmar. A party of 22 is traveling. #lufc
— Adam Pope (@apopey) May 6, 2018
Football Insider verdict
Now that the season is over it is time for Heckingbottom and his backroom staff to decide exactly what they want to do in terms of the transfer window. This imminent trip to Myanmar seems to be the last chance for some of the club’s senior stars to save their skins and a failure to impress could see a whole host of them cut after such a disappointing campaign. Once Heckingbottom knows exactly who is set to stay and who is going to be shipped out, then he can start work on sorting out some new recruits for the Whites, who he will be hoping can make a big difference to the first team. Who that might be is anyone’s guess, but they can be no worse than the majority of who was brought in 12 months ago. Of last year’s new recruits, it seems very few will be playing any part next season, and their exits could help fund the Whites’ spending.
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