Part four of our look at how the players fared individually this season. This time we will look at the wide players.
Winner of Leeds’ player of the year, and second place in my personal player of the year rankings. Was Leeds best player until the final six matches of the season where he seemed to have run out of steam.
For a long period in the middle of the season, it seemed that whether Leeds United played well was entirely dependant on how Pablo Hernandez played, with him standing up to be counted on the majority of occasions.
Finished the season with 12 goals and 12 assists and excelled out on the right hand side but he also put in some good performances as a number 10 and also played well in a deeper central midfield role. He even managed one excellent performance as a false nine away at Sheffield United.
Season Highlight: Picking up the team and carrying them on his back to drag Leeds to a 3-2 win over Millwall. Goal after 16 seconds against West Bromwich Albion a close second.
Season Lowlight: The final six matches of the season. Following the 1-0 victory at home to Sheffield Wednesday his performances dropped off, and you could tell by his body language that he was fully aware that he wasn’t up to his usual standards.
Overall Rating for season: 8.5/10
By the end of the season he had played almost 50% of his football as a left-back and despite frustrations with his end product he comes out of the season with a lot of credit. Found himself removed at half-time a few times on the bounce from left wing, but his reinvention as a left-back - particularly following Barry Douglas’ injury - dragged his overall score upwards.
Finished the season with seven goals and five assists which is a decent return but more impressive was his workrate and his tackling stats which were brilliant all season.
Season Highlight: Excellent assist and a late goal to seal a 4-1 win over Derby County.
Season Lowlight: Three performances in a row: Bristol City and Reading at home, Sheffield United away. They were all way below par. However, that his worst run of games came in a run of three wins in a row is a decent sign for him. His worst performances weren’t as costly as other peoples.
Overall Rating for season: 7.5/10
Another filed under the frustrating column and someone who Marcelo Bielsa rates more highly than almost anyone in the Leeds fanbase. Showed some flashes of the ability that he has but there were far too many games where he was completely anonymous. Four goals and three assists not enough for someone with 34 starts and 5 sub appearances playing Bielsa’s brand of football.
Season Highlight: Unbelievable pass to pick out Kemar Roofe for the only goal in the Play-Off semi-final first leg. Winning goal against Sheffield Wednesday a close second.
Season Lowlight: A combination of the two defeats against Birmingham City, he was very poor in both games and those two games were very costly.
Overall Rating for season: 5/10
Before the collapse on the bench against Middlesbrough he looked the most likely to change a game in Leeds favour in the squad (along with Pablo Hernandez). Following his return to the first team squad he didn’t look the same player. Seemed more hesitant and his ability to beat his man seemed to drop off. Still had a much bigger impact on the first team than most people would have expected before the season started,
Season Highlight: His brilliant goal against Aston Villa which sparked a comeback from 2-0 down to a 3-2 victory.
Season Lowlight: The illness he was struck with against Middlesbrough. Not his fault, but definitely the lowlight.
Overall Rating for season: 7/10
Played 14 minutes against Stoke City away and had some really promising performances in the u23s. A lot more than expected during pre-season.
Overall Rating for season: 7/10