Leeds United have seven players that are set to see their current contracts expire in less than 12 months, and the board must learn from the sale of Kemar Roofe this summer – if they are to keep some of those players.
TBR Football considers which of those seven players should be kept by Andrea Radrizzani, Victor Orta and Marcelo Bielsa – and indeed which players should leave come June 30, 2020.
Keep: Mateusz Klich
Klich is absolutely crucial to the way Leeds play. Last season, he played in every single one of Leeds’ 46 Championship fixtures as well as the two play-off outings. Amid links with Burnley, he must sign a new deal.
The former Forest Green midfielder was part of the trip to Australia and is edging towards a first-team breakthrough. He has the option of another year, and that should be taken by the Leeds United board.
What else can you say, other than Hernandez is fundamental to Leeds United. The Spaniard had a hand in 24 goals last term, and has already scored twice this time around as well as laying on an assist. At 34, he does not seem to be tiring. He must be kept – more than anyone else.
The Northern Ireland international has been in excellent form. Dallas scored a brace as Leeds lost to Derby in the play-off semi-finals, and has been trusted with the right-back slot while Luke Ayling is crocked. Must keep.
Contracts to expire: Will Huffer
The goalkeeper is now fourth choice, and even though Illan Meslier is only on loan, his loan deal includes a permanent clause. Huffer, 20, struggled at Barnet, and his contract should be left to expire.
A fan favourite, but sense must rule over the heart in the case of Switzerland international Berardi. Indeed, the defender remain an important part of Leeds’ plans. But he turns 32 in August 2020, and he should be released at the end of his deal.
Sold now: Vurnon Anita
Anita needs to be sold. Unlike Huffer and Berardi, Netherlands international Anita needs to leave the club before September 2. On a big deal, he is completely out of favour. Anita has been linked with Panathinaikos and the MLS.