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Speaking to Football Insider, Noel Whelan has given a damning statement on the future of Vurnon Anita who is still yet to leave Leeds this summer.
Leeds have had a stellar start to the Championship this season and are unbeaten after their first five games.
However, Anita is nowhere to be seen in the side and understandably too.
Last term, he spent a period on loan with Willem II in the Netherlands but achieved a quite frankly terrible average rating of 6.18, per WhoScored.
His Leeds career has seemingly been on the ropes and with the European transfer window still open, there is a possibility he could be looking to move away on a permanent basis.
Talking to FI, Whelan issued his thoughts on the Dutchman, revealing the harsh realities facing him. He said:
“He’s played his last Leeds game.
“We have better players now, we just do. Anita needs to look elsewhere and move on. I’m sure he will be looking to do that.
“Bielsa has not seen enough from Anita to change his mind, and prefers the other senior players as well as the youngsters like Jamie Shackleton, Robbie Gotts and Leif Davis.
“Is Anita going to take over in midfield from Adam Forshaw or Kalvin Phillips, or a full-back from Stuart Dallas or Luke Ayling? No, he is not. There is no place for him.”
Quite simply, for the good of his career, Anita must move away from Elland Road.
The versatile 30-year-old, who can play in midfield and defence, would be a decent squad member considering the lack of options the Whites have but he isn’t good enough to have any sort of positive impact.
In short, Whelan has hit the nail on the head with his assessment.
Anita hasn’t played under Marcelo Bielsa in league action and that doesn’t look likely to change, especially because of his performances in the last two seasons.
In 18 matches for Leeds throughout 2017/18, he completed just 79.9% of his passes which was combined by a lack of goal contributions.
At Willem II, he was even worse and in the same number of starts, 14, managed just 0.6 tackles per outing, according to WhoScored.
On that evidence, it makes in incredibly difficult to see how he’d get in ahead of players like Kalvin Phillips and Stuart Dallas.