By Harvey Byrne
Leeds are expected to pursue permanent deals for former loanees Kyle Bartley and Hadi Sacko from Swansea and Sporting Lisbon respectively, according to a reliable journalist.
The Yorkshire giants announced their retained list via the club’s official website on Wednesday morning, which contained the names of Alfonso Pedraza, Modou Barrow and Matt Grimes’ alongside Bartley’s and Sacko’s as they prepare to move back to their parent clubs following the end of their loan deals.
But, Phil Hay, the chief football writer for the Yorkshire Evening Post has also reported on his personal Twitter account that he expects Leeds to “pursue” moves for the attacker and central defender this summer.
Loanees Bartley, Sacko, Barrow, Grimes + Pedraza have rejoined parent clubs. Leeds expected to pursue perm. deals with Bartley and Sacko.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) May 17, 2017
Bartley, 25, was a key part of Leeds’ back four this season and built up a formidable partnership with Pontus Jansson in the defence, playing in 45 of the club’s 46 league games.
Meanwhile, attacker Sacko didn’t quite have the same impact and while the 23-year-old’s pace and directness caused problems to Championship defences his final ball was often lacking and he returned just two goals and four assists in 38 league appearances.
But, Leeds have also let go two other wing men who return to their parent clubs this summer in Barrow and Pedraza and manager Garry Monk will be looking to build a team who he feels can help his side win promotion next season.
Football Insider verdict:
Bartley is simply a must purchase for Leeds this summer if they want to repeat the same success in the next campaign, but Sacko is a bit of a strange move. It is clear why the club want to bring back the central defender following his key role in the club’s success this season, but Sacko struggled at Championship level and was often one of the most criticised players in the successful Leeds team due to his lack of end product. The Frenchman was also limited to just one start in the club’s last eight league games as they hit a bad patch of form and many expected that the attacker would not be making a return to Elland Road in a Leeds shirt.
In other Leeds transfer news, the Whites have tabled an offer for this 23-year-old.