By Dave Woods

3rd Sep, 2019 | 6:24pm

Leeds get rid of four players on deadline day

Leeds shipped four players from Elland Road on Monday, when the transfer deadline slammed shut in Leagues One and Two, and across Europe. 

First out the door was Vurnon Anita, who left the club through mutual consent and had his contract terminated.

Next up was Laurens De Bock, who joined League One side Sunderland, and you have to hope he does better there than he did at Leeds. It’s fair to say he was a big, big flop at Elland Road, despite coming with promise and a fairly hefty fee.

He joined for £1.5m and is now on a season-long loan, although we’d be surprised if Sunderland were picking up all of his wages.

Conor Shaughnessy joined League Two side Mansfield on loan and he was the one player that plenty of Leeds fans were sorry to see go. He had been earmarked for a first-team role by fans but it hasn’t worked out for him under Marcelo Bielsa so far.

Finally, Leeds Under-23 star Callum Nicell went for a trial at Sheffield United, and he started on the bench in the development league for them last night.

It means that Leeds held onto all their key players and the exits represent a good bit of business, although how much they will have saved from the wage bill is up for debate.