Andrea Radrizzani is playing Russian roulette with the futures of Leeds United trio Kalvin Phillips, Kemar Roofe and Jack Clarke.
The midfielder, striker and winger have been three of the key players in the club’s promotion challenge this season and have developed into three of United’s prize assets.
The club have scheduled new contracts with the trio but, as revealed by Football Insider, they will not take place until the end of the season.
That could be too late for Leeds, especially if they fail in their search for the holy grail of promotion back to the Premier League after 15 years in the lower leagues.
What happens if United fall short in their pursuit of a top-two finish and then go on to suffer play-off agony at the end of May?
Suddenly, the Premier League elite will be sniffing around the top talent at Elland Road and United fans could suffer the prospect of not only losing out on promotion but also witnessing a talent drain.
Roofe is out of contract in the summer of 2020, while Phillips and Clarke’s deals expire a year later.
All are likely to be in demand this summer even if Leeds succeed in making a return to the top flight.
Roofe has scored 14 goals from 26 league games after being transformed into a potent spearhead by Marcelo Bielsa, Phillips was today named in the official Championship team of the season and Clarke attracted Premier League bids in January.
They are young, hungry and destined for big things.
United fans will be desperate for them to achieve that at Leeds, but Radrizzani’s unwillingness to sort their contracts out until the summer is a massive gamble that could backfire.