Noel Whelan has suggested to Football Insider that Leeds United could lose Tottenham Hotspur-owned winger Jack Clarke, Arsenal-owned striker Eddie Nketiah, and Brighton and Hove Albion-owned defender Ben White.
Clarke, who can operate as a winger or as a forward, signed a permanent contract with Tottenham from Leeds in the summer transfer window before being sent back to Elland Road on loan for the 2019-20 campaign.
Striker Nketiah moved to the Whites on loan from Arsenal, while defender White switched to the West Yorkshire outfit on loan from Brighton.
While White, who can operate as a central defender or as a right-back, has established himself as an important player in head coach Marcelo Bielsa’s team, Clarke has struggled to make even the matchday squad at times and Nketiah has yet to make a start in the Championship.
Former Leeds striker Whelan, who now works as a pundit for BBC Radio Leeds, has suggested that the Whites could lose Clarke, Nketiah and White in the January transfer window.
Whelan told Football Insider: “Losing the loan players in January is a big fear for Leeds. The parent clubs have all the power.
“We could lose Jack Clarke as he’s not played at all and Tottenham are likely to take him back and send him out on loan to another Championship club, where he can play more regularly.
“Obviously, the Nketiah one has been talked about a lot as he’s made a big impact but is still waiting for his first Championship start.
“Ben White is different as he’s played every game. The worry is not so much that Brighton will want him back, but that big Premier League clubs will make them an offer they can’t refuse.”