'Get them off the wage bill' - Whelan savages two senior Leeds men who 'can't adapt to Bielsa'


Noel Whelan has claimed senior duo Yosuke Ideguchi and Ouasim Bouy have no future at Leeds United and the club must “get them off the wage bill”.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United striker does not expect Ideguchi, 22, and Bouy, 26, to play for the first team before their exits.

The midfield pair were signed in the 2017-18 season following the arrival of Andrea Radrizzani and Victor Orta at Elland Road bit neither have made a mark.

They have both been loaned out, including to Spanish third-tier club Cultural Leonesa, who were in the news this week after reportedly making an approach to appoint Leeds Under-23s boss Carlos Corberan as their new manager.

Asked if the pair have a future at Leeds, Whelan told Football Insider: “In my eyes, no, because they’re not good enough. They’ve been on loan for two seasons, which tells you everything you need to know. If they were good enough, they would be in the first-team squad.

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“They can’t adapt to Marcelo Bielsa, he has brought in players from the Under-23s and chosen to loan them. That shows they won’t make it, as it’s not as if they’re especially young, either.

“They have been playing at a low level in Spain and Germany. If they were that good, they would be recalled to the squad.

“I’m all for giving people a chance. But you have to question why they haven’t been given one. If we can get them off the payroll, I’d be doing that as soon as possible.”

Leeds are set to offload a number of fringe players this summer after they failed to get into Bielsa’s senior squad.

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