Heckingbottom warns Leeds stars of permanent axe in transfer revelation
Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom has warned the club’s current stars that they will face being axed permanently from the squad if they fail to live up to his expectations between now and the end of the season.
The former Barnsley boss arrived at Elland Road just after the end of the January transfer window, meaning that he has got five months to wait until the opening of the summer market and bring in new recruits who he wants to bolster his side with.
Until then he will have to make do with the players at his disposal, but has already fired a warning to his squad insisting they will have to demonstrate they have what it takes to be part of the first team or face being replaced by a new signing.
He was quoted by Leeds Live as saying: “We have to work and get information across so we’re very certain then come the next window do we need players or don’t we need players.
“We’ll keep working it and doing it and while I’m working and doing it I’ll see who can take information on board, who can get good at it and come the end of the season, I’ll know exactly who’s up for it and who’s not.
“You want to work on getting the information across anyway because its pointless just waiting if you need to change and bring in players.”
Heckingbottom has so far failed to taste victory while in charge of Leeds, with one defeat and two draws under his belt since replacing Thomas Christiansen.
He will be hoping to return the Whites to winning ways in their clash against Brentford on Saturday, having failed to pick up a win since beating Burton Albion on Boxing Day, a streak which stretched across the last 10 games in all competitions.
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