Forgotten Leeds United midfielders Vurnon Anita and Ouasim Bouy are back in training at Thorp Arch, four weeks after the first-team returned.
The Dutch pair spent the recent campaign out on loan in the Eredivisie, but their efforts failed to convince Marcelo Bielsa that they were worthy of a recall and have been deemed surplus to requirements by the boss, according to Leeds Live.
Other players to have questionable futures in West Yorkshire under the Argentine are also yet to return to the club’s facilities, with Yosuke Ideguchi, Conor Shaughnessy, reported Aris Thessaloniki target Laurens De Bock and rumoured Barnsley target Tom Pearce all training away from Thorp Arch ahead of the new Championship campaign.
Buoy and Anita are still expected to leave United before the August 8 deadline, but are back training at the club’s facilities, as revealed by Buoy via his Instagram on Monday.
The 26-year-old still has two years to run on his Whites contract penned upon his arrival as a free agent in 2017, but is yet to make his Leeds debut having been sent out on loan to Cultural Leonesa and PEC Zwolle during the subsequent two summers.
Anita, on the other hand, is out of contract next summer, but struggled to secure his rumoured move to the Greek Super League with Panathinaikos, after evidently failing to agree on a compensation package with United to terminate his deal a year early.
It was understood the 30-year-old needed the financial pay-off he would receive from us to join Panathinaikos, as the Greek side cannot offer anywhere near what he earns in West Yorkshire.
Seeing the pair back in training at Thorp Arch has raised some concerns amongst the Elland Road faithful, with one noting on Reddit that the arrival of two defensive midfielders has ‘not scared them at all’ given the speculation over Kalvin Phillips’ future at the club.
Here’s how these fans reacted…