Helder Costa, Kiko Casilla and Ian Poveda likely to leave Leeds in summer - report
Helder Costa, Kiko Casilla and Ian Poveda are likely to leave Leeds this summer after loan spells away from Elland Road this season, according to LeedsLive.
The Whites allowed ten players to leave the club on a temporary basis last summer in search of more regular football and/or development, but it hasn’t worked out great for them all.
The three most senior players to move on have all had not-so great times away from the club and according to Leeds-Live, they could all be set for another exit during the upcoming summer window.
Helder Costa joined Valencia on loan, but since the arrival of Bryan Gil in January he has struggled for regular minutes. There is an option for a permanent deal, but they say it seems unlikely and Leeds will look to move him on elsewhere.
Goalkeeper Casilla joined La Liga side Elche for regular football, but hasn’t started a game since October. The Spaniard still has a year remaining on his contract, but it’s possible that the two parties will part ways mutually during the window.
As for Poveda, the 22-year-old enjoyed a decent spell with Blackburn in the Championship before suffering a season-ending ankle injury. Because of that, he’s likely to go back out on loan next season to prove himself again.
Leeds are hardly stacked for options, but what they don’t need is passengers and these players would all be just that next season if they stuck around.
Relegation into the Championship could potentially see Poveda stick around rather than be loaned out, but the hope is that Leeds will still be a Premier League side and that means they need more reliable options.
Costa has only managed one goal and no assists this season for Valencia, and it seems like the time is right for him to move on elsewhere and reignite his career, while Casilla is 35 and way past his prime.
Jesse Marsch won’t have had a look at them yet, but none have shown anything we haven’t see before while out on loan and a decision should be relatively easy to make for him.
Move them on and use the cash in wages to bolster the squad with players that have a point to prove and let Marsch work with them, rather than inheriting rubbish.
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