Is Tom Adeyemi's stay at Leeds United in doubt already?

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Tom Adeyemi is on loan at Leeds United from Cardiff City, but must show improvement to earn a permanent deal.

Tom Adeyemi is ineligible to feature this evening for Leeds United against Cardiff City, but even if he could have featured, there is a strong chance he would have been dropped anyway.

The midfielder signed on loan from Cardiff in the summer in a surprise deal, and has been picked on a regular basis, but this is not a run of games where Leeds have been successful.

Currently at 19th in the table, the Whites are in need of improvement, and new head coach Steve Evans hopes that will come tonight.

Last week's loss against Blackburn was a woeful performance, and Adeyemi was the first man substituted in the 2-0 defeat early in the second half.

Selecting both him and Luke Murphy made for an unbalanced team with Lewis Cook then shunted out on to the wing. Cook is Leeds' most important midfielder, but he is not a wide player, and needed to be brought into the centre.

Dropping Adeyemi is a way to get Cook back in his natural position, and then two of Jordan Botaka, Will Buckley and Stuart Dallas can play out on the wings.

Leeds are likely to be less loyal to Adeyemi than Murphy, who has a long-term deal at the club, and the impending signing of Liam Bridcutt from Sunderland on loan threatens his place further.

Bridcutt is a similar player to Adeyemi but more experienced, and has played at a higher level. It's highly possible manager Steve Evans has seen the Cardiff midfielder in action and decided he needs an upgrade.

If that is the case and Evans remains until the end of the season, it casts a doubt over Adeyemi's long term at the club. Leeds must pay £1 million if they want to sign him permanently, and so far he is yet to show he is worth that figure, for a club which need to invest their money wisely.

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