In the firing line: Six Leeds players fighting to save jobs after Radrizzani outburst

Andrea Radrizzani, Owner of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on October 21, 2017 in Bristol, England.

Andrea Radrizzani is ready to wield the axe at Leeds United

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani looks on before the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at iPro Stadium on February 21, 2018 in Derby, England.

Fed up Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani blasted his players this week for letting the club down.

Radrizzani told Talksport he was embarrassed with their 3-0 loss to Middlesbrough a fortnight ago, and was particularly angry by being let down by players who had signed a new contract.

He raged: "We gave them long-term contracts, we supported them during our pre-season camp in Spain, we did everything they wanted but we didn’t get back their commitment, their passion and spirit, particularly in the last game I can mention [against Middlesbrough].

"The most important game we played poorly, and for me it was the bottom of the season because there was no commitment, no passion, no spirit. I don’t want players in my team representing Leeds United with this behaviour."

Andrea Radrizzani, Owner of Leeds United (L) looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on October 21, 2017 in Bristol, England.

It stands to reason then that the Leeds players who started against Middlesbrough who signed new contracts under Radrizzani should be fearing for their futures.

There are six of them, including some big names - but Radrizzani's comment; "I don’t want players in my team representing Leeds United with this behaviour," is pretty damning.

These are the six players who signed new deals in the summer of 2017, each penning either three or four year extensions: Stuart Dallas, Eunan O'Kane, Kalvin Phillips, Gaetano Berardi, Liam Cooper, Pontus Jansson.

It is hard to imagine Leeds getting rid of all six this summer, but they are each now fighting for their futures.

Eunan O'Kane of Leeds United leaves the field after being sent off during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Leeds United at Portman Road on January 13, 2018 in...

Jansson and Berardi are fan favourites, and Dallas is also admire, but O'Kane, Phillips and Cooper have regularly come in for flak this season and they are most at risk.

Radrizzani clearly regrets the way the players have repaid his faith and is ready to wield the axe. If that means getting rid of a couple of big names this summer, don't be surprised if it happens.

If they are not sold, then they are likely to see potential replacements brought in and face being relegated down the pecking order.

These six players won't be able to ignore Radrizzani's comments and must step their game up in the final few weeks of the season.

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