Garry Monk speaks out on the future of Leeds fringe players including Doukara, Murphy, and Botaka

Leeds United manager Garry Monk

The Whites trio appear to be surplus to requirements at Elland Road.

Leeds United manager Garry Monk

Leeds United manager Garry Monk has told reporters, via the Yorkshire Evening Post, that there are almost certain to be departures from the club before the end of the transfer window.

Monk has brought in seven senior first-team players so far this summer, strengthening every area of the pitch as he looks to put his own stamp on the squad at Elland Road.

Six players have already departed, including star young midfielder Lewis Cook and striker Mirco Antenucci, but it appears as though more could be headed for the exit door.

Players such as Souleymane Doukara, Jordan Botaka, and Luke Murphy have faield to even make the substitutes' bench in both of Monk's competitive matches so far, despite the midweek League Cup clash providing an opportunity for rotation.

Leeds United's Jordan Botaka applauds the fans after the match

When asked why he omitted the trio from his matchday squad, Monk admitted that the do not currently fit into his plans at Elland Road, and suggested that players such as those out-of-favour stars will likely have to move on before the summer transfer window closes in three weeks.

Monk said, via the Yorkshire Evening Post: "Of course there is a certain amount that you need in a squad and if there’s anything over that you make those decisions... The ones that can’t help us will have to be moved on."

On the omissions of Murphy, Doukara, and Botaka, he added: "It’s nothing tactical. It’s the squad that I am trying to create. Unfortunately for those guys at the moment you can only select 18 players in a squad... and those guys are obviously out of the squad in those two games.

Sheffield Wednesday's Daniel Pudil (L) in action with Leeds United's Souleymane Doukara

"I think as well as a manager you have to select, and the ones that I don’t need will have to find other options. But that will be decided before the end of the window. “Everyone has the opportunity but it’s important as a manager that you have the squad when that window closes that you are happy with and is ready to go forward with."

Leeds currently have a large squad but there is plenty of deadwood in the dressing room, and Monk's plan to trim the fat off his group is perhaps an advisable one.

Jordan Botaka looks set for a move to League One Charlton, whilst it remains to be seen what will become of Doukara and Murphy.

The Whites face Birmingham City at Elland Road on Saturday in their second Championship fixture.

Leeds United manager Garry Monk

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