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.
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.