By Matt Farr
Leeds are reportedly set to pursue a permanent deal for Hadi Sacko this summer – and fans on Twitter hope that they pull the plug.
The club confirmed on their official website on Wednesday that the 23-year-old wide forward was set to return to his parent club at the end of the season.
However, Phil Hay, chief football writer for the Yorkshire Evening Post later reported on his personal Twitter account that he expects Leeds to ‘pursue’ a permanent move for Sacko.
Loanees Bartley, Sacko, Barrow, Grimes + Pedraza have rejoined parent clubs. Leeds expected to pursue perm. deals with Bartley and Sacko.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) May 17, 2017
Sacko scored just two goals and supplied four assists from his 42 appearances in all competitions for Leeds this season, having joined on a season-long loan from Sporting Lisbon last summer.
But Leeds fans don’t think that the attacker did enough to convince them he would be worth the club’s time and money this summer, and took to social media to deliver their verdicts on the potential deal.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Mark Adams ⚽ ⛳ 4 (@maccathebomb) May 17, 2017
Bartley yes, Sacko no. Not up to par for a promotion chasing side, albeit a hard worker.
— Marcelo Bielsa Fan Account (@TotalLeedsball) May 17, 2017
Gotta sign better than sacko imo. https://t.co/DI11WMf4TD
— Chris Coleman (@CLC1224) May 17, 2017
Astonished at Sacko news. The guy regressed significantly as the season went on.
— Jimmy Sheridan (@jimmers8016) May 17, 2017
Sacko may have potential but we cannot pay a fee for someone who scored twice and set up four goals in 38 Championship appearances #lufc
— Kershaw (@DavidKershaw7) May 17, 2017
I slated Wood & was totally wrong but give me a loan for pedraza over Sacko any day. If we want promotion we need better players than him
— paul warrick (LUFC) (@paulwarrick3) May 17, 2017
Whilst criticising Sacko for his lack of impact for the club, Leeds fans made it abundantly clear they would prefer to see a permanent move made for fellow loan star Alfonso Pedraza.
Hay also revealed that Leeds could also pursue a permanent deal for defender Kyle Bartley, who spent the season on loan at Elland Road from Premier League side Swansea.