Has Joey Barton said what many potential targets are thinking about Leeds United?

Elland Road pitchside

The midfielder has had his say following links with Leeds United.

In a recent interview with BBC Radio Yorkshire, former Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn named four players he wanted to bring to Elland Road prior to his dismissal.

According to the ex-Whites boss he had targeted Charlie Adam, Matt Phillips, Jason Shackell and Joey Barton, but the latter soon went on record to suggest he would not consider moving to Leeds given the current position regarding owner Massimo Cellino.

The Italian remains in charge at Elland Road but uncertainty reigns as to how long Cellino will be at the helm and who exactly he would be willing to sell the club to if he did move on.

And writing on Twitter earlier this week Barton said: “Leeds is a huge club and of course if they had stability off the field, it could have been of interest last year. But with current issues away from the field I couldn’t afford to join a club and waste energy on nonsense.”

It is an honest statement from a player unafraid to voice his thoughts, but could it also be one shared by plenty of other potential Leeds targets?

After all, what Leeds need right now is a few experienced heads to help their youngsters grow into the superstars of tomorrow, yet when they see the continuing fan disillusion and the often bizarre headlines generated by the goings on at Elland Road, few would blame them for steering well clear.

Leeds need stability, certainty, consistency, exactly the same things that players want when deciding which club to join, so Barton may well have just shared a commonly held belief among some of those players targeted by current boss Steve Evans as well as the likes of Redfearn and Uwe Rosler before him.

 

 

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