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The reasons why Leeds’ play-off hopes went when this Swansea City man left



After Leeds slipped out of the play-off picture in the closing stages of last season, some fans might have been hoping that the foundation of that side would stay together, allowing the club to redouble its efforts and launch a strong promotion push this time around. 

That was not the case. Garry Monk left the club in acrimonious circumstances, top scorer Chris Wood was sold to Burnley for big money but so late in the transfer window that Leeds could not adequately replace him.

Another key departure was that of Kyle Bartley, who spent last season on loan at Elland Road but returned to Swansea City this campaign, but hasn’t been able to nail down a place in the first team at the Liberty Stadium.

Leeds fans would love to have him back, especially given the current spate of suspensions and injuries that has hampered their defensive options and we’ve taken a look at three ways in which Bartley leaving the club affected the club’s chances of a play-off push this season.