If Leeds United fail to get promotion to the Premier League again, a new boss may have to make some big changes ahead of next season.
Leeds are a massive side with a huge support base and a club that deserves to be playing Premier League football. Players will come and go this summer, but who should the club look at hanging onto?
Sam Byram has to stay at Leeds because he’s an extremely gifted 19-year-old with a big future ahead of him. He can play two main defensive roles, which he has done for the club this season; right sided centre back or a right wing back. He has been consistent and has scored three goals in his first season at the club.
Tom Lees is another defender who makes the list. He’s another young man at 22-years-old but he’s already made over 70 appearances for the club, shows a maturity beyond his years and looks as though he’s only going to get better with the more experience he gains.
El Hadji Diouf
Leeds need to try and keep Diouf because he has the ability to inject some experience into a very young looking side. He can slow the game down in attack, bring others into play and most importantly doesn’t go missing for the big games. His temper seems to be better too which is a big plus.
Similarly to Lees, White has played a hell of a lot of games for Leeds despite the fact he’s only 21-years-old. He has been given the time to prove that he is consistent at left back, which gives Leeds the option of consolidating down that side of the pitch maybe with the addition of a protective winger in front of him.
Got injured this season just as he was starting to produce some of his best form. Another defensively minded player but he has a very big engine, which allows him to do the dirty work that protects the defence. He’s only played 20 games for the club so far and will be eager to develop as he edges closer to his 30s (currently 27).
Leeds fans, who do you want to see the club keep?
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