By Noel Whelan

29th May, 2020 | 8:35pm

Exclusive: Pundit suggests massive Leeds loanee problem after Kinnear admission

Noel Whelan believes that Leeds United may have encountered a problem in renegotiating loan and transfer agreements after Angus Kinnear’s “ominous” comments.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds striker claims that other clubs will be “covering their own backs” when it comes to the future of their players.

Writing in his programme notes for the Yorkshire Evening Post, Kinnear stated that the “majority of clubs are working to the spirit of the game” when it comes to loan player contracts and permanent purchase clauses.

The Whites currently have five players on loan at Elland Road, with a deal already in place with Wolves for Helder Costa’s stay to become permanent this summer.

They also have purchase clauses in place for Jack Harrison, Illan Meslier and Jean-Kevin Augustin.

However, Whelan believes Leeds may have encountered at least one issue in negotiations over their loan stars after Kinnear’s comments.

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“It sounds a little bit ominous, doesn’t it?”, Whelan told Football Insider.

“There’s always going to be people sceptical and worried about their futures when it comes to this sort of pandemic and what’s been happening – would it be short-term for a couple of months, would it be a year?

“Again, Leeds United have done everything so, so well and if it is other clubs then it’s one of those where you’re going to be disappointed but everyone’s going to be covering their own backs at the minute.

“As much as clubs want to continue the right were, there will be issues where it’s going to be different to what it was three or four months ago.”

Of the club’s loanees, Ben White has played the most minutes this season, although Jack Harrison and Helder Costa join him in making 40 appearances across all competitions.

At the other end of the scale January arrival Augustin has just 48 minutes under his belt so far.

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