Speaking on the latest edition of The Square Ball podcast (May 28, 40:00), Phil Hay gave a damning prediction about the upcoming transfer window.
The Yorkshire Evening Post journalist said that he expects a big-name departure this summer, but it isn’t who many fans would have expected.
“I do think we will see somebody sold this summer, just look at the last two windows with Chris Wood going and Vieira going to finance the Bamford deal to know that that’s the model,” Hay said.
“He’s said it before when I’ve interviewed him that they can’t just buy players and they’ll have to sell players.
“If you’re asking me to pick the two that I think are the most likely [to go] I think Bielsa will be insistent that Phillips stays because I think Bielsa will be desperate keep him for the spine of the team.
“If not Clarke then I wonder about Jansson. Is this the window where he goes and moves on? If that’s an option and somebody has to be sold, and the club could be happy because he’s done his stint here.
“I do think he’s a good centre-back and a quality centre-back, but if somebody’s got to be sold, they have to make a choice haven’t they.
“If Jansson wants to stay, then I’d be tempted to keep him, but if there’s any wavering and he wants to go then perhaps that’s the one.”
Hay may well be right when he says there will be a big-name departure at Elland Road this summer, but it’s tough to say who it will be.
Jansson would probably be the player missed the least out of the trio as Leeds could easily replace him with Yoann Barbet heavily linked as his successor.
The journalist seems to be reluctant to admit it, but Phillips is probably the most likely of the three players to be leaving Elland Road in the upcoming window.
It’s incredibly optimistic for him to say that Leeds won’t lose arguably their best player this summer, but the reality is that the 23-year-old is ready made for the top flight and that’s where he should go.
If he does leave, then Leeds should do all they can to keep hold of Jansson and Clarke as it would be a nightmare scenario if all three men left in the next few months.