Noel Whelan has named the Leeds United players dubbed “expensive mistakes” by owner Andrea Radrizzani today.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Whelan claimed it was obvious who the club’s chairman was referring to when he opened up about the deals that backfired during his first summer in charge.
Radrizzani told the Times that “we are still paying the consequences of my first year because I was inexperienced and we made some expensive mistakes with players”.
The United owner did not name names but Whelan has deduced who he was referring to.
“He’s basically talking about the players not in the side,” Whelan told Football Insider. “You’re looking at Vurnon Anita, Eunan O’Kane, Laurens De Bock, Jay-Roy Grot, Pawel Cibicki, Ouasim Bouy, [Yosuke] Ideguchi, [Felix] Wiedwald.
“They were all handed long-term contracts, and in some cases, Leeds spent major transfer fees. (Pierre-Michel) Lasogga was also on big money when he was with us.
“There were a lot of deals that didn’t work out. That happens at every club, but I definitely think Radrizzani was too generous with long-term contracts for players who hadn’t proven themselves.
“He knows that as well. Plenty of them are still at Leeds, or out on loan, because we can’t get rid of them, or find someone willing to pay the same money. That’s embarrassing.”
Radrizzani bought his first stake in Leeds in December 2016 and then took sole charge the following May when he bought out Massimo Cellino.
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