By Beck Pascal

17th May, 2022 | 3:10pm

Martin Samuel moots major Leeds United pay-cut & release clause issue

Daily Mail columnist Martin Samuel has insisted that Leeds United are “damned” no matter what the outcome of their current relegation crisis. 

With Jesse Marsch’s side sitting in 17th in the Premier League  – a mere point ahead of Burnley who has a game in hand – the 57-year-old believes a host of stars could be leaving for “bargain” prices at the end of the season. 

The Whites won’t be helped by a series of release clauses and pay cuts should they find themselves in the Championship next season, according to Samuel.

He wrote in his Daily Mail column: “Leeds’ peril in the face of relegation is being made worse by release clauses in the contracts of many leading players. Leeds sensibly made provision for compulsory pay cuts if they went down, but the trade was that players would be allowed to leave, for a price.

“There could be bargains, if stars such as Raphinha or Kalvin Phillips get to move for about £30million. Yet what was the alternative? 

“If Leeds had presumed a Premier League future, as it appears Everton have, there would be complaints they were poorly run and faced ruin. 

“They’ve been through that before, so wisely insured against it. Now they are charged with losing important players. Clubs can’t win. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. The Damned United indeed.”

Busy window.

Leeds need to prepare themselves for a very busy summer regardless of how this season ends. 

If they do find themselves relegated come to the end of the season, there will most likely be a mass exodus with all of the key players leaving the club – or at least those who get worthwhile offers. 

Hopefully, that doesn’t happen because this group of players have come a long way together and it would be a huge shame if some of them jumped ship when the club needs them most. 

You would like to think that a lot of them have loyalty to the fans but that is quite a naïve mindset in football. 

If they stay up then several additions are desperately needed in the squad and the Leeds chiefs will most likely back Marsch in the window to make a few signings. The American is a new manager who is yet to stamp his mark on the squad.

That still doesn’t stop any of the key members of the team from leaving but it will see the Elland Road outfit sell them for a much larger fee – money that can be reinvested into the much-depleted squad.

In other Leeds United news, Simon Jordan has flown off the handle in a major Leeds rant – destroying one man.