Leeds did a great job of shifting a lot of their deadwood this summer.
The likes of Yosuke Ideguchi, Vurnon Anita and Caleb Ekuban all finally departed the club for good, but unfortunately, there’s still plenty of unwanted players on the books at Elland Road.
Some are out on loan, while others are rotting in the reserves, but one thing is now certain. Three outcasts at Leeds seemingly have no way back into the first team while Marcelo Bielsa is the manager.
Phil Hay wrote an article in The Athletic outlining Leeds’ plans for the January transfer window.
Departures are just as interesting as arrivals at this time of year, and it seems as if Leeds will be trying to shift three players.
“Eunan O’Kane is fit again for a transfer after suffering a badly broken leg on loan at Luton Town in September 2018, and Pawel Cibicki — the misfit Swede who has spent most of 2019 out on loan in Sweden and the Netherlands — is interesting at least one League One side.
“Lewie Coyle’s current loan to Fleetwood Town could become permanent, though near-neighbours and third-tier rivals Blackpool are admirers of his too. None of those three have played for Bielsa and none of them will.”
It’s unfortunate that these three players’ fates are already decided.
It can be argued that they may not have the quality needed to thrive under Bielsa given they’ve been shipped out on loan, but some of them have proven that they’re worthy of a chance of proving themselves.
Eunan O’Kane has previously proven his quality when gaining promotion with Bournemouth, and he even went on to play in 16 top-flight matches with the Cherries.
Injuries have hampered his career, but freezing him completely out of the squad seems a bit unfair, especially when Leeds have had problems with injuries to midfielders Adam Forshaw, Tyler Roberts and Pablo Hernandez this term.
In other news, Leeds fans have been trying to name their Player of the Decade.