By Russell Edge

24th Apr, 2018 | 8:20am

Radrizzani faces potential player revolt if stunning reported summer plans go through

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After the season that Leeds United have had, you can be sure that players, staff, and fans are counting down the days until the season ends and the summer break begins.

The Whites’ early season hopes of a play off spot come the end of the season seemed full of good intentions but the execution of their plan has seen them come down to earth with an almighty thud.

Two separate but equally dreadful runs of form have decimated aspirations of pushing for a top six spot and with just two games left to play this season, the best they can hope for is 12th, with Norwich City and Ipswich Town both in close pursuit behind them.

With just three wins since the start of 2018, Leeds need to plan for the future, and while that will have started now, a lot of their future success will come from what happens over the summer.

Preparation is crucial, and ensuring that the first team are not only physically but mentally ready for another gruelling Championship season is of the paramount importance.

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Which is why the club’s reported plans make little sense.

The Daily Mail claim that the Whites are preparing a stunning pre-season tour of Burma – despite warnings over both the political unrest in the region as well as the threat of Zika virus, which has led to the Foreign and Commonwealth office advising against anything but essential travel.

The report states that Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani holds a financial interest in the region, with a television package, and it is evident that the move is a money-spinning venture rather than a decision with football at its heart.

It is also said there is serious concern from the players over the numerous threats posed, and if Radrizzani cannot allay such fears, then he faces having a dressing room revolt on his hands.

The prospect of playing against second-rate teams as well as putting the players’ health and safety at risk is not the way the Whites need to be approaching the summer, and the top brass must reconsider their decision sooner rather than later.

In other Leeds United news, the club must launch a free swoop for a Championship veteran set for the exit door.

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