How United’s midfield performed this season

Ronaldo Vieira

It’s been a long, hard and emotional season. The whole squad seems to have come a long way from the opening day defeat at QPR where it looked like the season could be heading in the wrong direction.

Here we take a look at how we feel the players got on over the course of the season. Players must have made at least five appearances to be on the list.

Liam Bridcutt, 5

Been a fairly disappointing season for Liam Bridcutt, mainly due to injuries.

After being one of the fans most wanted players during the summer he failed to live up to expectation. Leeds’ play generally seemed to be slower when Bridcutt played apart from alongside Eunan O’Kane with the pair winning all five games that they started together.

Kalvin Phillips, 6

Phillips can be a frustrating player at times.

Very similar to Bridcutt in playing style and likes to get stuck in. Goal away at Forest showed the potential quality he could posses but he’s far from the finished product.

Ronaldo Vieira, 7

What people will forget is that this is Ronaldo Vieira’s first full season having made his debut in the last game of the previous season. An incredible achievement.

Some games he struggled after a run in the side but that’s expected of someone who has only played a handful of games.

In my opinion he’s been Leeds’ best holding midfield and looks to be another player that will attract interest from the top clubs in the future.

Eunan O’Kane, 6.5

Another player who could say he’s had a frustrating season despite the teams success. O’Kane cemented his place in the Leeds side until his groin injury he aggravated during the first international break.

Surprisingly, he has the highest points conversion rate of any of the central midfielders (around 70%). Leeds certainly benefitted when O’Kane played and his absence from the starting 11 is the only reason his rating couldn’t go a little higher.

Would Leeds have picked up those extra points if O’Kane had played more? It’s a matter of what if.

Matt Grimes, 2

Well, well, well. Maybe a 2 is a little generous?

Probably the worst loan signing Leeds have made in a long time.

Way out of his depths at this club and well, enough said. Lets move on…

Alex Mowatt, 4

Seemed like part of Monk’s plans at the start of the season but was constantly played on the left-hand side of midfield, again. Why?

Hopefully letting Mowatt go won’t come back to haunt Leeds.

Stuart Dallas, 6

There’s been some mixed opinions on Dallas in recent weeks but nobody has performed to the same levels as the rest of the season in the last three to four weeks.

He’s a good asset to the club and is a hard working player on the pith. Would be a player that I would be disappointed to see go.

Alfonso Pedraza, 6

Said before it would have been good if Leeds had Pedraza from the start of the season to see what he’s like with a full pre-season with the squad and more settled in.

Put in some good performances since joining in January but didn’t hit the ground running and didn’t seem to get going until a month of being at the club.

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  • Exasperated

    Pretty much spot on ratings for the midfield. Thing is though, you’ve not included Sacko, Hernandez or Barrow, nor have you included strikers Roofe & Doukara, who were played as midfielders for almost all of their game time.