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Jesse Marsch says Leeds fans have been “very hard” on a certain group of players recently

This summer, Daniel Farke and the transfer department will have a number of decisions to make regarding the handful of senior Leeds United players who left on loan last summer using Victor Orta’s clause.

Orta decided to include clauses in a number of Leeds contracts which, in the event of relegation, allowed some players to leave the club on loan without the Yorkshire club being able to prevent an immediate exit.

It was probably designed to reduce the wage bill, but what it really meant was that players who played a key role in the relegated club jumped ship, and Leeds couldn’t sell them for cash to reinvest afterwards.

Daniel Farke inherited a mess when Max Wober, Brenden Aaronson and Robin Koch moved to Germany. Two went to Roma in the form of Diego Llorente and Rasmus Kristensen, while Marc Roca returned to Spain.

Luis Sinisterra and Jack Harrison are back in the Premier League imminently with Bournemouth and Everton. Since the eight left, Sinisterra and Koch have joined Bournemouth and Frankfurt for good.

A number of players were signed by Jesse Marsch just a season ago and the American manager commented on the treatment they received from Leeds fans following their loan outings last summer.

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What Marsch said about the treatment of those players who left

There was obvious frustration from Leeds fans following relegation and much of that was vented by the players the Yorkshire club brought in, none of whom really made much of an impact at Elland Road.

The plan was to sell Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha and improve using the nearly £100m raised from those two sales. But Leeds were worse without those two stars, despite Marsch making a number of signings.

Those players received the brunt of the criticism, combined with their decision to leave as soon as possible after playing a big part in the relegation and not staying with Leeds to return to the Premier League.

Marsch told CBS Sports Golazo about that treatment from the fans: “I haven’t been in touch with anyone inside the club. I don’t really know what the thought process would be,” he said of loan players.

“I know the fans have been very hard on all the players who have left, who have clauses in their contracts who have been loaned or sold. I’m not sure what the whole status, mentality of the club is,” Marsch continued.

Jesse Marsch, manager of Leeds United during the Premier League match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at the City Ground, Nottingham on...
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The Leeds players who jumped ship deserved some rough treatment from the fans

While Aaronson can be easily understood for wanting to play Champions League football with Union Berlin and Harrison helping Leeds to the top flight, the rest have received the criticism they deserve.

It is likely that if Leeds get the chance to sell any of their six remaining loan players for a permanent fee then they will. Roca is set to return from Real Betis, as is Kristensen from Roma after a difficult season.

The chances of these players remaining on the books at Leeds next season depends on whether clubs are willing to pay to sign them, but also whether Leeds will promote with the loan clause active if they are in the second tier.

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