By Richard Parks
Hadi Sacko has dropped a huge hint on Instagram that he is quitting Leeds – and fans have delivered mixed verdicts on Twitter.
The right-winger, 24, took to his personal Instagram account on Monday night to say goodbye to supporters following a wretched campaign spent mostly on the sidelines.
Sacko wrote that he “just wanted to say thank you’ and he would “never forget” his two seasons at Elland Road.
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Not the season I expected on personal plan but no matter what you guys always have been great support, through all the ups and downs we faced this year. I just wanted to say thank you, I don’t know what the future will be made of but one thing is sure, I’ll never forget my time here. #MOT #LUFC
Sacko has slipped down the United pecking order this season after making 42 appearances while on loan under ex-boss Garry Monk in 2016-17, when his extreme pace and power through his 6ft frame (source: Transfermarkt) providing a new dimension out wide.
The right-winger signed a three-year contract and joined on a permanent deal last summer for a reported fee of £1.5million but has been mostly ignored by Paul Heckingbottom and his predecessor Thomas Christiansen.
The Mali international has started just a single league match among his 18 appearances this season and now appears to be heading for the Elland Road exit door even though he has two years remaining on his contract.
Supporters have taken to social media en masse to react to Sacko’s revelation, with some claiming he will be missed, and others insisting it was a poor decision to sign him last summer and he’s not good enough to wear the Leeds shirt.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
He started off ok and got gradually worse. Ridiculous decision to sign him.
— . (@robw123q) May 14, 2018
I was amazed we signed him after a very average loan spell to be honest. Plenty of effort when he played but very little end product.
— Richard Chew (@rickyachew) May 14, 2018
How much is that going to cost ? If we pay him off
— Rick Hartley ⛳️???????? (@RickHartley64) May 14, 2018
Positive sign maybe that the gaffer has some influence on #lufc squad for next season, build a team to compete in this division. Getting rid of a winger that can’t cross is common sense?
— Steve Morphet (@SMorph78) May 14, 2018
Can he take heckingbottom with him
— CHUFFIN#HeckOut (@matt260481) May 14, 2018
Yeah we won’t forget you either Sacko, we will never forget how useless you are ????
— Joseph O’Brien (@jdob1985) May 14, 2018
Is there anything official Popey? Gutted it didn’t work out for him ????
— Lee Maspero (@Leemo_LUFC) May 14, 2018
Too inconsistent. That’s Sacko’s problem. Why do we keep buying obscure players who are not proven at this level?
— Ryan Hickman (@Ryanlufc1992) May 14, 2018
Looks like Hadi Sacko is going to be the first out of the door this summer.
— Sean Emmett (@MorcarsHill) May 14, 2018
Good luck what ever Hadi. Attitude as always is ????one of my favourite players last season.
— Aram (@AramLian) May 14, 2018
you’ll be another one that moves on and will be class
— Peter (@PJ_Jenno) May 14, 2018
don’t go :(((
— alex (@indiealexx) May 14, 2018