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Leeds’ summer outgoings were strange, according to Noel Whelan

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Noel Whelan has had his say on the transfer business Leeds have done this summer, describing their outgoings as ruthless and strange when speaking to Football Insider.

What’s he said?

Leeds had a productive transfer deadline day, welcoming two new loan players through the doors of Elland Road.

Goalkeeper Illan Meslier was the first to arrive from French outfit Lorient before striker Eddie Nketiah joined for the season from Arsenal.

But there were also outgoings in the form of Clarke Oduor to Barnsley and Tom Pearce to Wigan. It wasn’t a frantic day for the Whites but they were certainly busy tying up some late deals.

However, it’s business that appears questionable according to Whelan, who had his say particularly on those two sales. Talking to Football Insider, he said:

“We’ve been pretty ruthless, I would say, this year in getting rid of young players from the football club, especially when they’ve not even started their journey into professional football.

“It’s a strange one, it’s money through the door and money in the pot. I can only go by what they do. Maybe they’re just not Championship or Leeds United quality players.”

Interesting approach

Whelan has hit the nail on the head when describing their outgoings as ruthless. Pearce and Oduor were two players who have played for the first team and could have been individuals to make a breakthrough.

Pearce would have found life tougher given the number of options at left-back but Oduor was someone, who despite only playing three minutes for the senior side, had years ahead of him.

It was rather bizarre to see him leave and Leeds fans echoed those sentiments, appearing baffled that he’d been allowed a transfer.

At the end of the day, these two players weren’t going to help Leeds achieve promotion this season and for the time being, they won’t be huge losses.

Only in a few years will a real judgement call on their business be viable but at the moment it does appear rather odd to see players like Oduor walk away so easily.

The pair both left in the final hours of the window but there was also the case of Sam Dalby who departed for Watford and Aapo Halme, another young player to move to Barnsley.

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