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.
Rob Green, 9
A shakey start led to questions being asked of Green’s ability at the age of 36 and whether he was still up for a big challenge. Especially after the game against Newcastle at home.
Those questions were soon answered as Green put in numerous fine displays and saved Leeds on countless occasions.
If the season had started in November then Green would have been my player of the season.
Marco Silvestri, 6
Didn’t make a single league appearance for Leeds with Green being as solid as he has been. Silvestri made some vital saves during Leeds’ League Cup run including the fine display against Norwich at home.
Despite this, some mistakes he made against Cambridge and Sutton in the FA Cup proved why he hasn’t been a regular starter.
Lewie Coyle, 5
Another player who hasn’t had as many appearances as he might have hoped but that was mainly due to injury and the purchase of Luke Ayling.
Had a very good game against Derby and proved he has able to cut it at this level when called upon due to Ayling’s suspension.
Luke Ayling, 8
Another player where questions were asked when Leeds signed Ayling from Bristol City and again fans couldn’t be more wrong. At around £750,000 he’s been the bargain of the Championship season (after Rob Green).
Will be a nailed on starter for Leeds next season if we can keep hold of him in the summer.
Gaetano Berardi, 8
On and off the field Berardi has shown that he gets Leeds this season. He’s been a rock at the back when he found his way into the first team this season.
The only thing he hasn’t done is score. One day we will see the madness when he finds the back of the net. One day.
Pontus Jansson, 9
The most influential signing Leeds have made since dropping out of the Premier League. Jansson got what it took to play for Leeds from day one and the energy he creates with the fans gets transferred on to the pitch when he plays.
Hopefully we can hang on to him when his contract activates at the start of July and we can start to build a team around him and many others.
Kyle Bartley, 8
Influential alongside Jansson at the heart of Leeds’ resurgence in the Championship. Reason for being rated lower than Jansson is that Bartley sometimes looked prone to the occasional error without him.
On a whole he has been solid and a great leader in the absence of Liam Bridcutt. Another player we hope will be at Leeds next season.
Liam Cooper, 5
Tough season for Cooper with a lack of games being the problem. Was good throughout the previous season but lack of game time and a few mistakes along the way have given him a hit.
Might not be the best or might not be here next season but he’s been a good professional by playing the role he has done.
Charlie Taylor, 3
When he has played he’s been alright but his heart has clearly not been in it for some time. His actions for the Wigan game have come at a cost to his reputation at the club and it’ll be interesting if he ever returns to play against Leeds to see what reception he receives.
We knew he was going and could have bowed out on a high with the fans. After everything the xlub will have done for him it’s a huge disappointment.
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.
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.
Kemar Roofe, 6.5
It’s been an up and down season for Kemar Roofe. It seems Monk couldn’t find the former Oxford forward’s best position having played him in any of the three positions behind Chris Wood as well as alongside him.
It seems like his best position is in behind the striker in the number 10 position having performed well there in the League Cup and when Hernandez was injured.
He’s still young and adapting to life in the Championship having taken the massive leap from League 2 and hopefuly next season he will improve a lot.
Mo Barrow, 2
Must go down as the second most pointless loan Leeds have made after, of course, Matt Grimes.
Few substitute appearances and looked like to have the pace Leeds craved but never got a chance, evidently not good enough.
Soulaymanne Doukara, 5.5
To be fair to Doukara he’s improved as a footballer having gone away over the summer and put in the effort with a personal trainer.
Not good enough to be a number one striker and times looks hopeless but on his day he can be a handy asset. Along with Berardi he is the only original signing from Italy so he can’t be doing too much wrong.
The cracker of a volley against Nottingham Forest will go down as one of the best goals witnessed at Elland Road for years to come.
Chris Wood, 9.5
What a season it has been for Chris Wood. 30 goals in all competition and his goals fired us to what should have been a play-off spot had we not messed up…
He’s improved masses on last season and went above and beyond the great Steve Evans’ predicted target of 20 goals for a fully fit Chris Wood.
If Leeds and Wood would have got off to a better start and finished better who knows how may goals he could have added at least another five goals to his tally.
Best of all he truly wants to go down in Leeds United history and lead us back to the Premier League.
Marcus Antonsson, 3
A signing that promised so much but offered so little over the season after he had some top reviews from Swedish fans on Twitter.
Looked like a player who thrived off confidence and in the first 4/5 games when he scored two goals, he didn’t look too bad.
As time went on his opportunities depleted and due to Chris Wood banging goals in left, right and centre he never got a look in. Could have been a different story had his effort in the 96th minute went in at Derby. You just never know.
Hadi Sacko, 6
Now, there’s frustrating and then there is Hadi Sacko. Has got ability on his day and offered Leeds something they hadn’t had in a team for a while…. Pace.
One day he’d be able to tear left backs apart and then with in a second he couldn’t kick a football. If he sorted out his consistency then he would be a very effective player, especially in the Championship where defenders are scared of speedy wingers.
Pablo Hernandez, 7.5
The nutmeg king. Hernandez has been one of Leeds’ most important players this season and everything they did came through him in the number 10 position.
Went missing for a few games at a time but that can be expected of someone who hasn’t played above 30 games in a season at any point in his career.
Hopefully Leeds can sign up Hernandez for next season and we can squeeze the last bit of quality that he has left at this level.
Garry Monk, 10
We thought we’d leave the best till last. He’s been the main man and the catalyst of Leeds’ improvement. We didn’t make the play-offs but this man deserves a 10.
He’s got a city talking about it’s football team again and offered hope to a sleeping giant that the time to get out of this horrible league may just be around the corner.
He gets what it takes to be Leeds and we hope that he is here next season as everything seems like it’ll fall to pieces if he isn’t.
Whether he is or isn’t here, you’ve got to take your hat off and thank Garry. He’s made the football enjoyable for the first time in a long time after years of abysmal football.