The Leeds player whose contract expires in 2018 that Whites may want to begin talks with before long

General view inside the stadium before the game - Elland Road

Leeds United have a number of players on their books whose contracts expire at the end of next season.

Leeds United manager Garry Monk before the matchLeeds United manager Garry Monk

Leeds know, perhaps better than most, how much of a gamble it can be to allow one of their players' contracts to run into its final year with Charlie Taylor set to leave on a Bosman at the end of the current campaign unless something changes (via Guardian). So perhaps the Whites should get on with renewing some of the contracts that expire in 2018.

According to transfermarkt, the likes of Eunan O'Kane, Gaetano Berardi, Liam Cooper and Marco Silvestri will all leave Elland Road at the end of next season unless fresh terms are offered.

And while some fans will suggest that it is Berardi's deal that needs to be sorted - he has been immense for the Whites this term - it is arguably the contract of Liam Bridcutt that Leeds should get on with renewing as a priority.

The Whites skipper has been brilliant in recent weeks, and it is clear that his presence on the pitch has a major impact on the rest of the team, even if he is not having the best day personally.

His consistency has arguably brought the best out of Ronaldo Vieira in particular at various stages throughout the season, and he proves to be the ideal player in the system that has turned Garry Monk's men into play-off contenders.

Liam Bridcutt of Leeds United in action with Jiri Skalak of Brighton and Hove AlbionLiam Bridcutt of Leeds United in action with Jiri Skalak of Brighton and Hove Albion

Bridcutt is frequently seen dropping into the defensive line like a third centre-back to collect the ball or offer additional support, and then has the vision to distribute a pass to the more attacking-minded players within the squad.

The work he does has arguably been a key factor in Leeds' emergence this season, and the Yorkshire club would surely be foolish to not try and get a deal done as swiftly as possible before any interest from elsewhere emerges.

Plus, getting Bridcutt tied down in the coming weeks would surely boost the side's promotion hopes as it would give the team a further lift to see one of their key men commit his future to the team.

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