Championship

Last chance for Leeds United’s Jack Clarke and Lewie Coyle as club could be sold

Leeds United’s gung-ho approach this season really is do or die following reports that the club could be sold by owner Andrea Radrizzani if they fail to make Premier League promotion.

Radrizzani, who bought the majority stake from shameless Cellino in 2017, has made a tangible difference to the club having appointed the great Marcelo Bielsa to spearhead their climb back into the English top flight.

But the stakes are very high for the Argentine now who faces the very real prospect of Leeds United’s owner Radrizzani selling the club if they suffer another bitterly disappointing season in the Championship, according to the Daily Mail

That means cut resources, a loss of top quality players, and a huge backwards step.

With the worst case scenario in mind, which squad members are the most likely to be sold?

Jack Clarke

Youngster Jack Clarke has been a breath of fresh air for football fans to watch this season.

Fearless and direct, skilful on the ball and a capable creator – he’s everything a top team would want from a prospect.

In a cruel twist, Bielsa’s faith in youth players and their exposure to the first-team could well be the undoing on their future at the club. Their talents are out there for the world to see; for scouts to relay onto management teams with the resources to throw money wherever they please.

As much as Jack Clarke and everyone else involved in Leeds United might not want this move, it may be inevitable if the club want to stay buoyant next season.

Lewie Coyle (and others)

Already on loan at League One outfit Fleetwood Town, it’s clear Bielsa doesn’t see much of a future for 23-year-old Lewie Coyle at Leeds.

It was always going to be tough for Coyle to compete with the likes of Jamie Shackleton, Luke Ayling, Stuart Dallas and Gaetano Berardi, who are all preferred suitors for the full-back role.

A successful move to centre-midfield for his current club could rescue his career at Elland Road, but it seems very, very unlikely.

Surely we expect players Hadi Sacko, Vurnon Anita and Samuel Saiz, amongst many others on loan, will also be in contention to be sold next season in such a scenario.

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