Date: 7th August 2019 at 2:12pm
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One point of interest for many Leeds fans this summer has been the contract statuses of both Kemar Roofe and Kalvin Phillips.

It’s now been confirmed that Roofe has joined Anderlecht, and Phillips’ future is still quite up in the air as Sheffield United are the latest Premier League club to show an interest in his services.

We learnt a lot during Phil Hay’s Q&A session on Monday, but a couple of the main takeaways were surrounding these two players’ contracts.

He claimed that Roofe’s contract situation was the reason he was sold, stating:

“Roofe is out of contract next summer so could leave on a free – and very few clubs these days risk losing a good player for nothing.”

He also went on to speak about how both Roofe and Phillips’ wage demands could be a financial issue for the club.

“it’s tough in the Championship. Both Phillips and Roofe would be looking for in excess of £20k a week. It’s not that they’re not worth it – Leeds just have to make a judgement about what they can afford.”

If Leeds couldn’t afford to give their star players improved contracts they should have looked towards a simple solution which actually hides within another of Hay’s articles.

He wrote a piece around Kiko Casilla’s future, and in that story one section goes into how much he earns – as well as explaining that his wages are putting pressure on the club.

“A goalkeeper on £35,000 a week is a short-term luxury for a Championship… assuming the club can finance him at all.” Hay wrote.

We’ve known for a while that Casilla is the highest earner at Elland Road, but this is the first time we’ve had an actual number confirmed.

If keeping the Spaniard would be a struggle, then they would have been better off getting rid of him in order to free up some wages.

It’s not as if the Spaniard is the most popular figure at Elland Road, so fans wouldn’t miss him. He also wouldn’t be short of suitors as Sevilla were linked with a move this summer.

Getting £35,000 a week off of the wage budget would have freed up enough cash to offer both Roofe and Phillips a £17,500 increase on their current pay packet. With Hay stating they both wanted more than £20,000 a week that surely would have been enough to get them to sign.


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