By Russell Edge

14th Apr, 2018 | 1:29pm

Seven words will strike fear into hearts of faltering Leeds forwards as futures look bleak


Leeds United fans will have both eyes on the calendar as they count down they days to the end of what has been a bitterly disappointing season.

Any early hopes of a play off push are long in the memory as the club find themselves floundering in mid-table in the Championship, their 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa leaving them sitting 14th with just three more games left to play.

Instead, there will be hopes of mass changes during the summer transfer window, with the current squad evidently lacking the quality and depth to be able to make a meaningful attempt for a top-half finish, let alone competing in the top-six.

There will be many supporters who will look at the options available at Paul Heckingbottom’s disposal and have some sympathy with the former Barnsley boss, who has inherited a side lacking confidence or top class ability – and he will be hoping the be given the chance to turn the club’s fortunes around in the upcoming market.

However, new signings will mean outgoings, but just who will be on their way out of Elland Road?

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Well, seven words from the manager’s mouth will have struck fear into the hearts into those faltering at Leeds, with the forward line the biggest culprits.

Speaking after the defeat to Villa, he was asked if he was any closer to making a decision over those who will stay and go, and he was quoted by Leeds Live as stating: “I’m getting a better idea every day.”

His statement came after he left a rave review over Matthew Pennington and the rest of the Leeds defence, suggesting that the likes of Jay-Roy Grot and Pierre-Michel Lasogga, who have failed to hit anywhere near the expected heights, will be feeling the pressure.

The German loanee seems to be moving further away from securing a permanent move the club each week, while Grot could well be shipped out in the summer just a year after arriving after putting in a series of disappointing displays.

Their futures look bleak, and there could well be a number of other senior players who will be fearing over their careers at the club – and for good reason after a bitterly frustrating campaign.

In other Leeds United news, a £1.5million deal has been agreed for this defender wanted by the Whites.

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