Date: 18th May 2018 at 7:47am
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By Richard Parks

Leeds United will sell four of their senior players this summer in a major cull of the squad, according to a report.

The Yorkshire Evening Post claim the club intend to get rid of goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald, midfielder Vurnon Anita, forward Pawel Cibicki and winger Hadi Sacko after making up their minds on who should stay.

Wiedwald, 27, Anita, 29, Cibicki, 24, and Sacko, 24, were all regular members of the first-team squad in 2017-18, after they all joined permanently on long-term deals last summer.

Football Insider verdict:

Few Leeds fans will quibble that the club intend to cash in on Wiedwald, Cibicki and Sacko, none of whom looked well suited to the Championship in the recently completed season. Wiedwald was given a long stretch of games, but was found wanting as his lack of physicality and penchant for howlers made him a liability in goal. Cibicki and Sacko had less opportunities, but their lack of penetration in the final third against organised defences have left Leeds with little other option. The case of Anita is more baffling. An experienced operator who was a regular at Newcastle, both in the Premier League and during their promotion-winning campaign, it was odd that he was so far down the pecking order under both Thomas Christiansen and Paul Heckingbottom. He was used solely as a back-up full-back option, rather than in his preferred central midfield position. Don’t forget, he’s good enough to have played there for Holland, too.

In other Leeds United news, it can be revealed that Andrea Radrizzani is ready to end the careers of 13 senior players at the club in a jawdropping cull.

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