leeds fansOnly this morning did I realise just how over-burdened by midfielders Leeds United are, which is quite bizarre when you consider how much Neil Warnock liked to bypass that area of the field completely (though that does explain why I never noticed).

By my count, Leeds United have eleven first team midfielders – Green, Austin, Varney, White, Brown, Tonge, Norris, Thompson, Hall, Dawson and Diouf.

You could argue that Diouf is a forward and White is a left-back (though I consider them to be AM and LW respectively), but then I haven’t included Sam Byram who would arguably be better utilised at RM and Ross McCormack, who spends as much time on the wing or in an attacking midfield role as he does centre-forward.

Eleven players for a position Neil Warnock didn’t seem to understand. The mind boggles.

It does give a small amount of justification to the sell-to-buy policy our new owners have forced upon Brian McDermott, especially when you consider how bad our finances are and start to ponder the cumulative wages these eleven men earn.

The Yorkshire Evening Post revealed yesterday that Steve Morison – a player Warnock signed – was earning £17,000 per week at Elland Road. Six of those listed above are also Warnock signings, so if he gave Morison an eye-watering yearly salary of £884,000, how much are the rest of his signings costing us?

Even if the club can’t attract transfer fees for some of these players, it’s clear that Brian McDermott will be looking to offload a few as he attempts to shape his Leeds United side. The question is, who goes?

Our poll allows you to vote for as many (or as few) as you like. 

Which midfielders would you release/sell?

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