Leeds United outcast's future discussed by Phil Hay


Leeds United took little time to adapt to life back in the top flight.

After storming to victory in the Championship last term, the Whites upped their game over the summer as they looked to acclimatise to the Premier League.

New additions such as Robin Koch, Diego Llorente, Rodrigo and Raphinha have certainly bolstered the squad, while bringing back players such as Illan Meslier, Jack Harrison and Helder Costa will be a big boost.

As far as results are concerned I'm sure that Marcelo Bielsa will not be complaining.

Leeds have picked up 10 points from their opening seven games, leaving them in 12th position in the league at present.

The hope will be that they can kick on further, but Bielsa knows that the challenge ahead will be tough.

A huge aspect of their success this term will be on how Leeds' squad handle the pressure of returning to the Premier League.

Several new arrivals will be looking to settle into life at Elland Road as quickly as possible, while other fringe players will be hoping to get their futures decided as soon as possible.


One of those players is Ouasim Bouy.

The 27-year-old arrived at the club in 2017 but has failed to nail down a spot in Leeds' first team under Marcelo Bielsa.

With just one year left on his contract it seems that the writing is on the wall for the midfielder, with Phil Hay claiming that both parties are looking to terminate his deal.

Asked if Buoy trains with the squad, Hay said: "No he doesn't.

"He's been away from the club for a long time (Bielsa understandably doesn't want him around) but they haven't been able to agree a contract settlement with him.

"When I wrote about him earlier this year, he was back in Holland."

He added: "Leeds could insist on him being here but Bielsa doesn't want that and Bouy, while happy to leave, isn't willing to take a settlement which doesn't pay up his contract in full.

"So it's best for the two sides to stay apart."

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

The writing is very much on the wall for Ouasim Buoy.

A midfielder by trade, the 27-year-old simply hasn't met expectations since arriving in west Yorkshire and it seems that his days are numbered.

Marcelo Bielsa isn't a fan and that is clear by the fact that Buoy can't fight his way into the Argentine's plans.

With no contract offer likely it would probably make sense to go their separate ways, however the finances seem to be scuppering any possibility of that.

Whether a breakthrough can be reached remains to be seen, but surely it's the best thing for all parties to put an end to this sorry chapter.

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