Noel Whelan says that Leeds United have been “ruthless” in getting rid of some of their younger players over the summer transfer window.
The former Leeds striker and boyhood supporter, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that he is a little surprised with how many potential prospects have been allowed to leave the club, with some of last season’s under-23 stars departing on a permanent basis.
Clarke Oduor, Tom Pearce, Sam Dalby and Aapo Halme were all sold to clubs in the Premier League or the Championship, with all but Dalby having had some taste of first-team football at Leeds.
With Oduor and Pearce leaving on deadline day, Whelan says that these are players who are yet to show what they are truly capable of and that it could come back to bite the board.
Asked if he was surprised by Oduor’s departure, Whelan said: “Yeah, there’s been Tom Pearce leaving as well. We’ve been pretty ruthless, I would say, this year in getting rid of young players from the football club, especially when they’ve not even started their journey into professional football.
“It’s a strange one, it’s money through the door and money in the pot. I can only go by what they do. Maybe they’re just not Championship or Leeds United quality players. If it goes pear-shaped and they become world-beaters, the club, the chairman, the board have to look at themselves.”
Leeds relied heavily on the under-23s to provide backup for the senior side last season, the likes of Jamie Shackleton and Jack Clarke establishing themselves as regulars around the squad by the end of the campaign.
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