'Surprised' - Exclusive: Whelan reacts as Leeds give green light to midfielder 20-21 exit
Noel Whelan would be “very surprised” if any first-team players were to leave Leeds United before Monday’s transfer deadline day.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds striker and boyhood Whites fan believes Marcelo Bielsa do not have a big enough squad to allow players to leave.
The Argentine prefers to work with a small squad and has added just three senior players to the group that won last season’s Championship.
However, the Yorkshire giants have added six players to the ranks of their under-23 side.
A number of young players have been allowed to leave the club on loan with Mateusz Bogusz set to be the next out the door after being granted permission by Marcelo Bielsa, as revealed by this site.
League One sides Portsmouth, Gillingham and Swindon Town have all expressed their interest in the 19-year-old midfielder.
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Whelan told Football Insider: “I would be very surprised if we let any of the first team figures leave just because of the simple fact we do not have a huge squad.
“We’ve not gone out there and bought six or seven first-team players. We’ve brought in six under 23s and bought three first-team players.
“I don’t think we can afford to let any of the players go.
“We know about suspensions. We know it’s a long, long season. We’ve got the FA Cup. The Premier League is very demanding.
“All the bodies that are there in that squad at some point or another will be used this season.
“So I would be very surprised if any of that 22 who were used last season and this season are allowed to leave.”
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