He said: “On our side, for Leeds, we’ve achieved already the top of our budget in terms of salaries.
“We should actually cut some for next year because we have probably too many players. My idea for the squad is 20 players plus four or six coming from the youth.”
In this article we take a look at the three players who could be most at risk of the chop.
Roofe has shown flashes of quality this season, but he has been anonymous in games too often.
Roofe’s eight goals in 27 Championship is a credible record, and he would still have re-sale value if Leeds were to make him available.
The 25-year-old is a solid player in the second tier, but question marks still exist over whether he is good enough to start regularly for a side challenging for promotion.
And if Roofe doesn’t have a very strong end to the season under Paul Heckingbottom, then he could be at risk of having to depart Leeds at the end of the season.
Anita is likely to be on a sizeable contract at Leeds, given his reputation, but he has barely been used this season.
The Dutchman has made just nine Championship starts this season, and if he continues to play such a peripheral role Leeds are unlikely to want to keep him on.
Sacko is another player who just hasn’t played enough at Leeds this season to justify taking up a space in the squad.
Sacko is a decent option off the bench, but he has only played a total of 186 minutes in the Championship.
The 23-year-old does not have a goal or an assist to his name in the league, and will surely be put up for sale unless he turn things around under Heckingbottom.