COMMENT By Richard Parks
Andrea Radrizzani has laid into the Leeds United players for letting the club down in an outspoken and brutal verdict of the shortcomings of the squad he has assembled.
Radrizzani told talkSPORT in an explosive interview on the Jim White Show on Tuesday morning that felt particularly angry with the players who were handed lucrative new contracts last year after he took over as sole owner of the club in May.
“We have given them everything possible to just focus on the football,” said the Leeds owner. “As a club we support them in everything – we gave them long-term contracts, we supported them going to a mid-season camp in Spain.
“We did everything they wanted, but we didn’t get back their commitment, passion and the spirit.”
Radrizzani did not name the players who were the subject of his ire, but there were nine players already at the club who were handed new agreements following his takeover, either before, during or after the summer.
Each of them penned three or four year extensions to keep them at Leeds until the summer of 2020 or 2021.
Leeds have slipped to 13th in the Championship table and a distant 11 points adrift of the play-off positions following the latest round of league fixtures on Tuesday night.
Here, Football Insider analyses the nine Leeds players who Radrizzani clearly feels are fighting to save their jobs.
Here is the first of the nine players fighting for his future: