Ouasim Bouy has informed fans that he and fellow Leeds United outcast Vurnon Anita have returned to Thorp Arch this week as they look to keep up their fitness despite being surplus to requirements.
Bouy, 26, joined Leeds and there was plenty of hype surrounding the midfielder, given that he had played for Juventus. But two years after joining, he is yet to make a senior Whites appearance.
Indeed, he went on loan to former club PEC Zwolle in the Dutch Eredivisie last season, where he managed 18 appearances. Similarly, Anita was loaned to Willem II after a difficult start at Leeds during 2017-18.
Both players are considered surplus to requirements at Elland Road, along with a number of other players including Laurens De Bock, Pawel Cibicki, Eunan O’Kane and Yosuke Ideguchi.
Bouy posted a picture of Thorp Arch and Anita on Instagram, confirming the duo had returned on this week.
TBR’s view – Both Anita and Bouy have simply got to leave Leeds
It is ruining their careers if they stay for the pay cheque. Bouy has failed to play for Leeds in two seasons, and only managed a handful of appearances on loan at Cultural Leonesa and Zwolle.
The midfielder must realise he needs to leave permanently to prolong his career, as does Anita. The Netherlands cap is now 30, and in a crucial part of his career where it can go badly wrong – or prolong his years in the game.
Anita has been linked with Greek outfit Panathinaikos as well as a move to the MLS. It remains to be seen if the duo will still be at Leeds come the end of the transfer window.