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Greg Abbott’s response when asked if Will Buckley’s loan will be extended

Will Buckley is currently on loan at Leeds United from Sunderland.

Speaking to TV Yorkshire, former Leeds coach Greg Abbott has discussed Will Buckley’s role at Elland Road, admitting that the winger may head back to Sunderland and not stay with the Whites.

When asked about Buckley, Abbott said: “He didn’t do enough [v Wycombe] to suggest he was better than what we have in the team. Is he better than what we have in the team, as a loan player? My answer would be no. So he may end up going back [to Sunderland].”

Buckley, 25, is currently on a loan deal with Leeds which runs until the beginning of January.

He was signed under the management of Uwe Rosler, but just two games after his arrival, Rosler was sacked and replaced with current head coach Steve Evans.

Evans used Buckley off the substitutes bench in his opening two games as head coach, but the winger has failed to play a single minute of any of the last three fixtures.

He was offered a run out on Friday evening, playing the full 90 minutes of the friendly fixture against Wycombe Wanderers, but after this game Abbott gave his opinion of Buckley.

The former coach is not sure that Buckley offers anything better than the current Leeds players, and as his deal will be expired in under two months, it is not worth persevering with him.

There is no point continuing to play him knowing that there is a chance he will not hit form before his loan deal ends.

The likes of Jordan Botaka, Stuart Dallas, Souleymane Doukara can all feature on the wing, and as they are contracted to Leeds, Evans would spend his time more wisely by attempting to coax good form out of them.

Buckley’s signing was rightfully heralded as a key moment in Leeds’ season, but his time at Elland Road has not progressed in the impressive manner that many were expecting when he linked up with Uwe Rosler’s side.

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