Noel Whelan has pointed the finger at Andrea Radrizzani for failing to secure the Leeds United future of Kemar Roofe.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United striker claimed the contract stalemate with Roofe is a headache of the owner and the board’s own making.

The 26-year-old has entered the final year of his contract despite topping the Leeds goal charts in each of the previous two campaigns.

Whelan is in no doubt the buck stops with businessman Radrizzani, who has the final say on how the club’s transfer and playing budget is spent.

“You don’t let your top scorer for the last two seasons run his contract down to the final year,” Whelan told Football Insider. “That needs looking at from Leeds. The way the club deal with contracts for players has to be changed.

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“Leeds have let themselves unprotected with Roofe. The owner has to take the blame for this. Whoever deals with contracts on the board has to take responsibility.

“Roofe is probably worth £8-10million, but because he has only a year left on his contract, his value has dropped to £5million. That’s absolutely nothing these days.

“That’s a drop in the ocean for Premier League clubs and even big Championship ones. Leeds should have agreed a new contract with Roofe by last Christmas at the latest.”

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