COMMENT By Richard Parks
With Leeds United marooned in 14th in the Championship and closer to the relegation zone than the play-offs, it is safe to say that Andrea Radrizzani’s mid-March attack on the players has failed to have the desired effect.
The owner Andrea Radrizzani went public with his frustration and anger a month ago as he pointed the finger at the underperforming players as he made it clear he was not willing to accept mid-table mediocrity.
Radrizzani told talkSPORT in an explosive interview on the Jim White Show on 13 March that he 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.”
A month later, what exactly has changed? Nothing, in terms of results, although Leeds fans can be sure that the Italian businessman at the helm will be busy behind the scenes.
Radrizzani did not name the players who were the subject of his ire, but it is safe to say that more than half the first-team squad are fighting to save their Leeds careers.
United have the worst record in the division in the second half of the season and the change of manager at the start of February has not ignited an improvement.
With Radrizzani and director of football Victor Orta preparing for a mass overhaul ahead of the summer window, who is heading for the exit door?
Here, Football Insider analyses the 13 senior Leeds players in the current squad who are in the firing line and fighting to save their jobs.
Here is the first of the 13 players fighting for his future: