Bielsa gets ruthless... predicting next 6 players for Leeds axe

Leeds are closing in on their target to trim the squad.

Marseille's Argentinian head coach Marcelo Bielsa looks on during the French L1 football match between Girondins de Bordeaux (FCGB) and Marseille (OM) on April 12, 2015 at the Chaban-...

Leeds United are delivering in terms of one aspect of the transfer market.

New manager Marcelo Bielsa told BBC Sport at his opening press conference that he wanted as many as 15 players gone, amid his plans to trim a bloated squad.

So far it is going to plan, with nine players sold, loaned, or contracts terminated.

The latest of these was Mallik Wilks, sent on loan to Doncaster Rovers last night.

He follows Felix Wiedwald, Andy Lonergan, Lewie Coyle, Tyler Denton, Paudie O'Connor, Jay-Roy Grot,  Pawel Cibicki, and Madger Gomes.

So who will be next out?

Here is a look at the six players most likely to follow through the Leeds exit...

Marcus Antonsson - Swedish forward has not played for Leeds since Garry Monk was manager and is expected to depart. He is not part of Bielsa's plans at present.

Eunan O'Kane - Irish midfielder had a terrible season last year and needs a move. He scored for the under-23s last week and Leeds may hope that sparks some interest.

Eunan O'Kane of Leeds United and Charlie Mulgrew during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Leeds United at Ewood Park on February 1, 2017 in Blackburn, England

Caleb Ekuban - A gamble from sporting director Victor Orta, Ekuban showed bright flashes but did not work out, struggling to score goals at Championship level.

Luke Murphy- Leeds' forgotten man, it would not be a surprise if the Whites terminated his contract finally to get him off their books.

Hadi Sacko of Leeds United is challenged by Scott Malone of Fulham during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Leeds United at Craven Cottage on March 7, 2017 in London,...

Hadi Sacko - The concern is that Mali international Sacko is simply not good enough for Leeds, having failed to earn a regular place in two seasons at the club. Will they be able to shift him?

Vurnon Anita - Versatile Dutchman Anita was used as a bit part player last season in various roles, but rarely looked good enough to be a starter. Leeds could keep him for depth, but they'd find it tough to resist offers too.

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