Leeds United boss Paul Heckingbottom is set to hand Mateusz Klich and Yosuke Ideguchi a chance to star in the first team next season as he runs the rule over those out on loan, according to a report.
Leeds Live claim that the Polish and Japanese internationals are both set for a return to the senior set up when they come back in at Elland Road, while two fellow current loanees look destined for permanent exits.
Both Klich and Ideguchi left temporarily in January, the former linking up with Utrecht in the Dutch top flight, while the latter headed to Spain’s second tier and Leeds’ close contacts Cultural Leonesa.
It is also stated that both 26-year-old striker Marcus Antonsson and 28-year-old midfielder Luke Murphy will be shipped off to pastures new following the end of their temporary spells at Blackburn Rovers and Burton Albion respectively, with the duo both set to have just a year left on their contract come the summer.
Football Insider verdict
Antonsson might have shown glimpses of talent while with Rovers but stepping up to the Championship from League One is still a challenge, and with a year left on his contract, it seems too much of a risk not to cash in. As for those who look set to stay, Ideguchi will be hoping that his time at Elland Road is better than with Cultural Leonesa, with his January loan departure looking like a disaster of a decision. Klich meanwhile struggled under Thomas Christiansen but left before Heckingbottom came in, so pre-season could be a crucial time for the midfielder. He has put in some impressive performances for Utrecht over in the Dutch league and there is no doubt the Whites boss will have been keeping an eye on him ahead of next season.
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