Noel Whelan has insisted seven loaned-out Leeds United senior players signed last season have no future at the club – because “they’re not talented enough”.
Pawel Cibicki, Caleb Ekuban, Laurens De Bock, Jay-Roy Grot, Yosuke Ideguchi, Vurnon Anita and Ouasim Buoy all signed in the 2017-18 season following the arrival of Andrea Radrizzani and Victor Orta at Elland Road.
They have been loaned out this season to clubs across Europe and former Leeds striker Whelan does not expect to see them back at Elland Road.
The club are flying high at second in the Championship with five matches of the campaign remaining and are well placed to secure automatic promotion.
Asked if the loaned-out senior players have a future at Leeds, Whelan told Football Insider: “In my eyes, no, because they’re not good enough. It’s as simple as that. If they were good enough, they’d have stayed but from what I’ve seen last season, they’ve been brought into the club to do a job and they just can’t do it.
“They can’t adapt, they’re not talented enough so they’ve gone out on loan and it wouldn’t bother me in the slightest if they were loaned out again or sold in the summer because the manager’s obviously seen something that is not required, he’s kept a very small squad, and he’s brought in players from the under-23s rather than the players who were brought in last season.
“If we can get them offloaded, off the books, off the payroll, I’d be doing that straight away.”
Asked if they could be suited to the Premier League, Whelan replied: “No. Absolutely none. If you can’t do it in the Championship you ain’t doing it in the Premier League. It’s as simple as that.”
Of those seven 2017-18 arrivals, all were signed for significant fees other than Anita, who joined on a free transfer after leaving Newcastle United.
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