Redfearn has made his feelings clear on Edgar Cani, should Leeds cancel the deal already?

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Should Leeds United put Edgar Cani out of his misery and send him on his way back to Italy?

Few mid season signings will transpire to be a bigger waste of effort for everybody than Leeds' addition of Edgar Cani.

The striker was brought in on loan from Italian Serie B side Catania, and has failed to earn the trust of head coach Neil Redfearn.

The Albanian has not featured since March 3, and has made just four substitute appearances for a combined 49 minutes of football.

  PositionAppearancesMins PlayedTouchesShots On Target
Edgar Cani FW 4 49 25 0

He was once again an unused substitute in the 4-3 loss at Wolves, and at this point it seems clear Neil Redfearn has made his mind up regarding the striker, that he is not in his plans.

Leeds have nothing to play for at present save for pride, and it would be fair to suggest if Redfearn remains head coach next season he will not pursue his signature on a permanent basis.

Right now there is little reason to keep Cani around. When he was signed, Redfearn told the Yorkshire Evening Post he saw him as a viable alternative to Steve Morison.

Yet when the Welshman has been rested, it has been Billy Sharp or Mirco Antenucci who has been given the nod ahead of Cani.

Cani aside, there is also a viable case to answer for Souleymane Doukara who has five Championship goals this season, or even to give talented under-21 striker Luke Parkin a chance to shine.

Looking to the future, Leeds would do well to give either player chances ahead of Cani, who may well feel he has not had a fair chance to shine, but at this point there is little to gain from giving him a run out.

Cani was a player recommended and signed by sporting director Nicola Salerno, who last week suspended Redfearn's assistant Steve Thompson after a row.

Redfearn made clear in January, reported by SkySports that he wanted to re-sign Luciano Becchio instead. It is not inconceivable that the bad blood between his staff and Salerno stems from this.

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