'It's unprecedented...' - Exclusive: Whelan reacts to official Leeds transfer reveal
Noel Whelan claims Leeds United will have to wait until the end of the season before a decision can be made on the future of any of their loan players.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds hitman insists there are going to be “disappointments across the board” as clubs change their plans due to the Coronavirus.
Leeds chief Angus Kinnear revealed to the Yorkshire Evening Post that director of football Victor Orta has turned his attentions to managing “issues around extending loan player contracts and retaining options for permanent signings beyond their original expiry date.”
Leeds have a host of loanees at Elland Road this season, with the likes of Ben White, Jack Harrison and Helder Costa establishing themselves as mainstays under Marcelo Bielsa.
However, with all the uncertainty caused by the shutdown of football in England, Whelan believes players could be forced to wait until the end of the season before decisions are made on their futures.
Whelan told Football Insider: “There’s going to be disappointments across the board at many, many clubs when it comes to players – they’re undecided on their future, other clubs don’t know if they can let a player go now.
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“There’s going to be a lot more disappointment than we think right now because no one knows the future and how things are going to pan out after this.
“Everyone’s very uncertain – until the season’s probably finished and we have an idea of how everything’s going to play out, people can’t really make decisions and judgements right now.
“I think players and club need to understand that no one planned for this, it’s unprecedented, this pandemic’s come about and affected everything – financially for football clubs, financially for people’s lives.
“Everyone’s got to take a step back and see the bigger picture here.”
In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED a first-team player is set to miss the rest of the season.