By David Woods

8th Aug, 2020 | 8:03am

Phil Hay names four Leeds United players who could exit over summer

More Leeds United players could be set to leave the club on loan this summer after Ryan Edmondson was sent on a temporary move to Aberdeen. 

Talking on the latest episode of The Phil Hay Show podcast on Friday, Hay was asked if he could see more players following the young striker out of the door.

“I think we will,” Hay said. “He’s has been quite resistant to it previously, Bielsa, because he’s always felt it’s better for him to have the players close and to have them training with him than to go out and get games for the sake of it.

“When you look at the development of the kids you can see it has been effective.

“But I don’t think Edmondson will be the last to go on loan. I could well see the likes of [Leif] Davis, [Robbie] Gotts, [Jordan] Stevens, Alfie McCalmont as well… opportunities being found for them.

“I think we’ll also see a steady influx of Under-23s signings this summer.”

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Future is bright

It seems that Leeds United are shifting their policy on young players after Ryan Edmondson was sent out on a half-season loan to Aberdeen.

And we think it’s already showing positive signs after Edmondson got his first taste of first-team football north of the border against Rangers.

That’s much better for his development than playing for the Leeds Under-23s, although some might argue the level isn’t that much different.

His next game has been postponed after a Covid-19 spike in Aberdeen but he should get plenty of first-team action this season after a promising debut.

Previously, the players Leeds have sent out on loan are ones that don’t have a future at the club – players like Laurens de Bock and Jay-Roy Grot.

We think the players that Hay has named definitely do have a future at the club.

The shift in policy could have something to do with Carlos Corberan leaving to take over as head coach at Huddersfield.

He worked very closely with Bielsa and with him gone it might be that Bielsa thinks that the youngsters could do better now working under first-team coaches.

It could also have something to do with the abundance of young talent at the club, with others such as Joe Gelhardt and Cody Drameh looking set to come in over the summer.

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