Leeds United head coach Paul Heckingbottom says he is learning a lot about his players as he starts to prepare for a squad clear out in the summer.
Heckingbottom was speaking after Leeds latest defeat, a 1-0 defeat at promotion-chasing Aston Villa.
The defeat, a third in four games and a seventh in thirteen games since he took charge in February, sees Leeds remain in 14th place in the Championship.
Heckingbottom, who signed a deal until the summer of 2019 when he replaced Thomas Christiansen in charge at Elland Road, is now planning for the summer and he admits the squad is nowhere near where he wants it.
“I’m learning a hell of a lot about the players,” Heckingbottom told his post-match press conference following the defeat at Villa Park.
“Next season, we’re definitely as a collective nowhere near where we need to be so whatever changes are made, we want to produce a stronger team and a stronger squad.”
The question at the moment will be, will Heckingbottom get the chance to bring in his own squad in the summer as the pressure starts to mount on the former Barnsley boss who has won just two of his 13 games in charge.