Neither Leeds United or Weston McKennie are interested in making his loan move permanent, even if the Whites manage to do the almost impossible and stay up on the final day of the Premier League season.

That is according to a report from The Athletic, which looks at what the future holds for Leeds should they be relegated on Sunday.

There was real excitement in January when Leeds signed Weston McKennie. Of course, it had only been a couple of months earlier that he was outstanding alongside Tyler Adams for the USMNT at the World Cup.

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And it was a bright start from the Juventus loanee. He did fairly well in the double header against Manchester United.

Unfortunately, since then, you do not even need one full hand to count the number of really impressive performances he has managed. He was at his best in the win against Nottingham Forest which seemed to take Leeds to the brink of safety.

McKennie won’t be staying at Leeds

But there have also been some woeful displays. Shaun Derry said at the weekend he does not know what McKennie brings to the Leeds side.

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The injury sustained by Tyler Adams did Leeds no favours whatsoever. And it certainly did not help McKennie or Marc Roca.

McKennie has barely missed a minute under Sam Allardyce. However, you get the feeling that that would not be the case if he was not able to take a lethal long throw.

It reaped rewards on Sunday, with McKennie’s launch into the box being volleyed home by Rodrigo.

But it seems that Leeds are not expecting McKennie to be taking any throw-ins for them next season. The Athletic reports that neither the club or the player expect the option on his loan to be taken up – even if Leeds stay up.

There is clearly a very talented player there when it comes to McKennie. And had Adams not sustained his season-ending injury, you would imagine that he would have been done better in recent weeks.

But Leeds need to clear the squad this summer. And thus, spending £30 million to sign McKennie permanently would be a huge gamble.

It seems best for everyone that it is not an option being considered.

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