By Noel Whelan

13th Jul, 2021 | 4:00pm

Whelan backs Bielsa as more Leeds starlets told to find new clubs

Noel Whelan has backed the decision to allow several Leeds United youngsters to leave this summer.

The former Whites attacker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims the group of players simply aren’t good enough to break into the first team.

On 7th July, this site revealed Leeds have told Robbie Gotts to find a new club this summer.

A day later, it was also revealed Jordan Stevens and Bryce Hosannah will be allowed to leave along with Niall Huggins.

Marcelo Bielsa has given the green light to the four leaving this summer after already offloading Oliver Casey on a permanent move to Blackpool.

It is understood the players will be shipped out on season-long loans if permanent transfers cannot be arranged.

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Whelan insists the club are doing the right thing and told the players to take the decision the right way.

“Leeds need to be honest with the players,” Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

“You can’t have players hanging around for years if you know they don’t have what it takes to push for a place in the first team.

“They have to be fair and allow them to forge careers elsewhere. Hopefully, they will take it the right way.

“They need to prove to Leeds that they were wrong to let them go. You can’t hold them back.

“The club have done the right thing and they are looking for a turnover of money.

“They have vetted them for three or four years and they have been given the opportunity to stake a claim.

“Once you get to that point and they can’t do that, or they aren’t good enough, the club are doing the right thing in letting them go.”

In other news, Leeds United have been tipped to seal a new signing imminently as an exit medical is booked.