Five Leeds players who could leave, as Evans criticises wage spend

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Leeds United boss wants players to leave so he can strengthen in the summer.

Leeds United boss Steve Evans was frustrated after the club's 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post after the game he suggested the club lacked quality in key areas, and were spending too much money on paying wages to players who are not involved.

He said: “At the moment we don’t have the quality of player to get on the end of crosses. Our £3million player (Chris Wood) was sitting in the stand injured.

"The problem is that some players are not good enough and the fans recognise that. A lot of money has been spent here on wages but all clubs have a budget."

So who could be off?

The Yorkshire Evening Post reported ahead of the transfer deadline that Evans was open to offers for the trio of Jordan Botaka, Lee Erwin and Casper Sloth.

All three remained at the club, but if their lack of action continues then it is hard to see them being retained, even if Botaka and Erwin were summer signings. Botaka has made just two starts this season, while Erwin and Sloth have not managed any.

Mirco Antenucci is now more than 10 games without a goal, and is doing his cause few favours with his contract expiring in the summer. It would now be more of a surprise if he was kept on.

Arguably the most disappointing player this season has been Luke Murphy, who took a real step forward last season. He has played poorly in 2015/16, and is now a back-up player for the trio of Liam Bridcutt, Toumani Diagouraga, and Lewis Cook. His chances of being kept may depend on the club's ability to sign Bridcutt permanently. 

This is already not taking into account Tom Adeyemi is unlikely to be retained from his loan spell considering his lack of first team action, and Tomasso Bianchi, who Leeds showed they do not need, by sending him out on loan to Ascoli.

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