Leeds United, Leeds United release winger – thanks fans for support

Leeds United release winger – thanks fans for support

He started out life as a Leeds United player skulking around at the back of a team photo on a tour to Ireland, he has today announced that he is no longer on the books at Elland Road (Instagram – below).

Hadi Sacko was the ‘unknown’ with the snazzy blonde streak to his hair. He was on the books at Sporting, after arriving from French club Bordeaux for around £900,000 in 2014.

His arrival, on an initial loan deal, was a surprise to all Leeds United fans – he was a definite unknown quantity. Nothing was known about the Corbeil-Essonnes native, but Leeds United fans flooded YouTube in search of highlight reels and his name lit up many a search engine as Whites supporters looked to find out anything that they could.

They found that he had a €60 million release clause, something common as a precautionary measure in Portuguese contracts, but there was little else to glean from a basic Internet search. A more in-depth search may have turned up 25 French youth international appearances that yielded 25 goals.

Yet, as of now, that is all consigned to the dusty annals of the history books, with Sacko announcing that he’s left the club.

Leeds fans saw the positives that the youngster brought to the side, such as searing pace and the natural ability to run at defenders and force them onto the back foot – making them feel a little less comfortable.

However, there were also things that frustrated the hell out of these Leeds United fans about Sacko. They bemoaned the fact that once in shooting situations, his accuracy and decision-making went to pot. Fans also pointed out that his final ball and linked decision-making was also more than a little errant at times – the phrased shout of “square it Hadi” almost becoming its own meme.

Whilst there are doubts about Sacko, there is also hope that his deficiencies could be ‘coached out’ and that the new Leeds United head coach/manager will be able to polish what many see as a rough gem.

Over his time at the club, Sacko has featured in 60 games for the Whites, scoring three goals and setting up four assists. His chief asset, that jet-heeled pace, was evident in the goals that he scored, including the one in the Carabao Cup.

As soon as the ball was played over the top to him, the only way former White Charlie Taylor was catching him was by hailing a taxi. The only worry was where Sacko would place it, which was thankfully in the back of the net.

Until Leeds United release their official retained list, mark this departure as ‘unconfirmed’. However, when a player says “I don’t know what the future is made of but one thing is sure, I’ll never forget my time here,” you kind of get the picture that he’s been told that he’s leaving already.

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