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Paul Hart’s response when asked if Leeds United’s fringe players will leave on loan in January

Leeds have a number of fringe players who could be heading out on loan.

Speaking to LUTV, Leeds' Under-21 manager Paul Hart has discussed the potential of players heading out on loan in January, with a number of senior fringe figures turning out for the youth team.

When asked if there are any players who could go out on loan in January, Hart said: “That will be a decision made after a lot of discussion. It could be possible, we will just have to wait and see.”

The Under-21 side took on Sheffield Wednesday today, defeating them 1-0, with a number of senior squad figures taking part.

Tommaso Bianchi played as he continues his recovery from injury, whilst Jordan Botaka and Lee Erwin featured for Hart’s team whilst they struggle for game time at senior level with Steve Evans in charge of Leeds.

There is a belief that they will struggle to get any more minutes in the coming months with Leeds currently playing well and picking up positive results, and loan deals have been rumoured to ensure that the fringe players keep up their fitness and continue their development with consistent football.

Erwin has already spent a spell out on loan at Bury this term, playing three games and failing to score, whilst Botaka has featured nine times in the Championship for Leeds, failing to show his expected talent.

Loan deals for the duo would seem to make most sense next month, but Hart has admitted that discussions have yet to take place to see if they will be leaving Elland Road when the transfer window opens.

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