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Leeds: Phil Hay discusses potential loan exits for young trio

Leeds: Phil Hay discusses potential loan exits for young trio -Leeds United Transfer Rumours

Leeds United are not currently planning on loaning out Cody Drameh, Sam Greenwood and Crysencio Summerville in January, according to journalist Phil Hay.

The Lowdown: Leeds short on options

The Whites have struggled to replicate their form of last season in 2021/22 so far, getting themselves into a potential Premier League relegation fight, although today’s win over 18th-placed Burnley has given them a more comfortable cushion from the bottom three.

Injuries have been a clear reason for that, with important figures such as Luke Ayling, Kalvin Phillips and Patrick Bamford all missing for sizeable chunks of the campaign.

The hope is that new signings are made in the January transfer window, but young trio Drameh, Greenwood and Summerville have all been linked with winter loan moves away from Elland Road in recent days.

The Latest: Hay unsure over rumoured loan exits

Speaking in a Q&A for The Athletic on Sunday, Hay cast doubt over the trio leaving this month at a time when as many squad players as possible may be needed at Leeds. He warned:

“The head count is already very low so they’d need to be extremely careful about losing anyone. As it stands, there are no agreements for anyone to move out. Incomings could change that but it’s been quiet on that front too so far.”

The Verdict: Makes little sense as things stand

In normal circumstances, it would make complete sense letting Drameh, Greenwood and Summerville leave on a temporary basis, allowing them to enjoy more regular first-team football elsewhere for the rest of the season.

However, the current injury situation means it would feel like a needless risk to send them out, even though they hopefully won’t be needed too often given their lack of experience. They have made nine appearances between them this season, which suggests that they can do a job when called upon.

Loan moves for the trio in the summer would make more sense for Leeds, but as Hay has said, if there are multiple January arrivals, it could allow Bielsa the luxury of arranging temporary exits for the youngsters later this month.

In other news, one Leeds player is set to leave the club this summer. Find out who it is here.

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