Leeds United will turn to the loan market to fill holes in their squad if the Premier League big hitters activate the release clauses of their loan stars in the January market, Football Insider can reveal.
United are most vulnerable to losing attacking pair Jack Clarke and Eddie Nketiah in the winter window as neither has started a Championship match this season.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider the club are aware they can lose one or more of their loan players and will prepare for different scenarios in terms of potential replacements.
Owner Andrea Radrizzani made clear in an interview in the Times today that Leeds do not have the cash to spend big in the transfer market due to a near-£40million wage bill.
Nevertheless, the club would look to bring in a player or two on loan in January as they aim to secure automatic promotion this season.
Leeds are at the mercy of the parent clubs of many of their loan stars, with managing director Angus Kinnear recently admitting to the possibility of a recall by Arsenal of Nketiah if things don’t work out.
Tottenham may also decide to call time on the loan spell of Clarke, who they signed for £9.5million in the summer before immediately sending back to Elland Road.
Clarke has been the victim of the EFL’s strict rule on loan players as well as his side’s strong start to the season, which left them two points behind leaders Swansea City going into the international break.
EFL rules allow five loanees in a match-day squad, which means Marcelo Bielsa has to leave out one of the six Leeds loan players.
Ben White and Jack Harrison have started all 11 league matches so far, with Helder Costa in the side for the last three after starting the season as an impact substitute.
Nketiah has come off the bench in seven of the last eight Championship matches, while Clarke and back-up goalkeeper Illan Meslier have yet to have a minute of league action this season.
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