Leeds United’s roller-coaster Championship campaign has come to an end, with speculation off the pitch now set to dominate column inches for the foreseeable future.
The Elland Road faithful will hope that Garry Monk’s future at the Yorkshire club is sorted out soon, with talks with Andrea Radrizzani scheduled.
In reality, the playing squad is set for a significant overhaul this summer whether the ambitious coach retains his role or not – but two first-team regulars will only be at Leeds if Monk is too.
The former Swansea City coach has a close relationship with both Kyle Bartley and Pablo Hernandez, bringing the duo to Elland Road after their mutual time together at the Welsh club.
The central defender has spent the campaign on loan at Leeds, with Monk calling him a ‘proper leader’ after the final game of the season against Wigan Athletic.
Bartley himself has urged Radrizzani to extend the manager’s deal, while the Whites fans would love to see the centre-half signed permanently this summer now that his loan stint has culminated.
If and when Monk’s future at Leeds is secure, he will look to the transfer market – and bringing Bartley back will surely be a priority.
However, should Radrizzani make the ill-informed decision to part with the current coach, all hope of attracting the star defender back to Elland Road would be gone.
Hernandez is a favourite of Monk and has shown glimpses of real class for Leeds this season.
The Spaniard’s future with the Championship side is up in the air, with his contract expiring this summer and no inclination over whether he will be offered a new deal.
Should Monk be retained, he would surely look to keep Hernandez at the club; if he leaves, the playmaker would seemingly go too.
While the veteran midfielder’s performances over the last month have not been up to the standard he is capable of, the skilful star is still capable of doing a job for Leeds next season.
As such, Radrizzani holds the potential future of three Whites men in his hands this summer, with every chance that two first-team players would return to the club next season if Monk does.