According to recent reports, Leeds United may have to work hard to keep the Premier League sides from signing two of their top rated stars.
The situation at Leeds, as it stands, is very much up in the air, but as the famous saying goes: ‘good things come to those who wait,’ and the current situation will eventually calm down and the players, fans and coaching staff can all get back to focusing on the football.
In light of recent reports from Italy suggesting Cellino is extremely close to selling Calgiari to American investors, it would be wise for both players to wait and see what becomes of the club in a month, or two, before moving on.
Here are the two big reasons to why, we believe, Sam Byram and Ross McCormack should stick around at Leeds and shun Premier League interest.
Key members of a new era at Elland Road:
The Yorkshire club are without question entering into a new period of their history which, if all goes well, could see the Whites promoted back to the Premier League and amongst the top sides in the country again.
All of which could be achieved with Byram and McCormack at the heart of the Leeds United team.
You could argue that losing the past two season’s Players of the Year would ultimately hinder any progression Leeds are likely to make this season and, unless suitable replacements are found, could leave them worse off.
Football is a fickle game:
Both players should know football is a fickle game and whilst glamorous Premier League moves may seem the best choice for the two players, at least on the face of it, they should look back at their previous season, especially McCormack.
Out of the striker's six seasons at Championship level, McCormack has scored a respectable 78 league goals; however, three out of those six seasons have seen him fail to break double figures.
In 2009-10, he scored four. In 2010-11, he scored two. And in 2012-13, he scored five.
Therefore, it could be worth proving himself once more at Championship level with Leeds United before moving on to the Premier League, either with Leeds or someone else.
In the case of Byram, it is a lot more complicated. An injury hit pre-season saw the young player struggle to even come close to the standards he set in the previous season, and like McCormack, could use next season to prove himself one again.
All in all, I doubt many Leeds supporters would be surprised to see either of them moved on in the summer but if they think about it, and really think about it, they may have second thoughts. Although it's almost impossible to predict what goes on behind closed doors, sticking it out for the long haul may just make it all seem worthwhile in the end.