How we rated Leeds’ defence and goalkeepers

Pontus Jansson

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.

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  • Exasperated

    Good assessment, although perhaps a bit generous with Taylor. A guy called Taylor has got game time this season, but the real Charlie Taylor never turned up this season. Seems he prefers to be coached by his agent rather than Garry Monk. Sadly.