Speaking to TV Yorkshire, Greg Abbott has claimed that Kalvin Phillips, Casper Sloth, Lee Erwin and Jordan Botaka will probably leave Leeds United this summer, if manager Steve Evans remains in charge.
Phillips and Botaka have earned barely any game time under Evans in the Championship this year, the pair featuring for a total of 14 minutes between them as far as league games go in 2016, whereas Sloth has not been named in a senior squad since January 30. (Figures provided by ESPN)
Erwin, however, has been slightly more prominent than the trio, featuring regularly off the bench in February and March, but the Scottish manager has not started him in any competition since returning from a loan spell with Bury in November.
Asked by TV Yorkshire if Evans should usher the quartet back into first-team duty, Abbot bluntly responded: "Probably not, because it's plain for me to see they're not part of the plans.
"They're not apart of this manager's plans going forward so why would you play them? It looks like for me they're all going to be moving on if this particular regime stays intact. They've not played any part whatsoever really. Should they play? In this manager's eyes, probably not."
With that being said, Evans, who replaced Uwe Rosler in October, might well find himself given the boot when the season is finished according to The Mail, who reported last month that owner Massimo Cellino may not extend his contract for the 2016-17 campaign.
Consequently, the players in question could find themselves with increased minutes under the next manager, if the Whites and Evans do indeed part company.