'Disappointed': Leeds United 'do not envisage' a future for £10 million player at Elland Road
Leeds United were hit with a player exodus after their relegation from the Premier League.
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A mass departure at Elland Road was expected as the Whites geared up for a return to the Championship. Fortunately for them, they have hit the ground running in their pursuit of immediate promotion and are pushing hard to earn a one-way ticket back to the top flight.
But regardless of Leeds' fate at the end of the 2023/24 season, they still have the job of sifting through the players returning from loan and deciding what the future holds for them. For many of them, their exits felt pretty final, despite being just temporary moves for the time being. The nature of some departures left sour tastes and there may be no interest from the club or indeed some of the players in returning.
Phil Hay has rounded up the full list of Leeds players currently out on loan and looked at the likelihood of them re-establishing themselves under Daniel Farke. While some appear more positive than others, there a few whose futures away from Elland Road already seem decided.
In his latest for The Athletic, Hay put each player under the spotlight and revealed that one man who is probably headed for the exit is Max Wöber. The defender joined the club less than six months before leaving in the summer on a loan move to Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Wöber 'disappointed' Leeds with the nature of his departure, having originally indicated that he would remain with the club after their relegation. However, he quickly stated his intentions to leave for Germany as soon as Mönchengladbach submitted an offer.
Wöber signed for Leeds in January for £10 million and made 16 Premier League appearances, starting all but two of them. He justified his desire to move in the summer as a way to protect his place in the Austrian national team, but his sudden departure seems to have made up Leeds' mind.
The Whites 'do not envisage a time when Wöber plays for them again'. There is currently not believed to be any agreement between Leeds and Gladbach over a permanent move for the 25-year-old, despite the Bundesliga side being happy with his form.