Monday, May 9, 2011

Leeds United 2010/11 : Player Review


Stars of the season : Howson, Becchio, Gradel.
Kasper Schmeichel : For a team that has conceded 70 goals in the league in a season, you would think the keeper must take some of the blame, wouldn't you? From making a huge impression in the first league game of the season against Derby County, Schmeichel has looked superb at times and average at times. A very good shot stopper but his command over the penalty area had a lot to be desired for.
Season Rating : 6

Shane Higgs : Injuries and Kasper Schmeichel prevented Shane Higgs from getting more opportunities. He was in goal when we conceded five at Barnsley. Not surprising that the club hasn't renewed his contract.
Season Rating : 3

Jason Brown : Short loan deal where he had to fill in, in goal whilst Schmeichel and Higgs were sidelined with injuries. Did not do much to impress in the few games he played and was let go in spite of him wanting to stay at Elland Road.
Season Rating : 4

Paul Connolly : Average season for the Scouse right-back. He surely did not look up to the task whilst on defensive duties most of the season and Grayson had to bring in Eric Lichaj on loan from Aston Villa to strengthen that area of the team.
Season Rating : 5

Eric Lichaj : An improvement from Connolly and a real asset to the team in the latter part of the season. I would be most pleased if he returns next season as he looked one of the more assured players in our team over the last couple of months defensively. His work rate was also top notch, running down the flank assisting Robert Snodgrass in attack on the right flank.
Season Rating : 7

Andy Hughes : Always seemed a matter of time before he leaves the club at the start of the season. He did leave in the January transfer window but not before attaining the status of a cult hero with the fans.
Season Rating : 5

Alex Bruce : Apart from his outstanding display at the Emirates in the FA Cup, he did not inspire much in the heart of the defence. A liability who was rightly dropped from the first team after a few shocking displays in recent months.
Season Rating : 5

Richard Naylor : A player who gives it his all when he puts on the white shirt of Leeds United, but unfortunately the Championship was a level too far up for him. He struggled a lot in the first couple of months and injuries didn't help his cause either. Another player who has been let go.
Season Rating : 4

Neill Collins : Started the season reasonably well, but then everything went wrong for the big man. Sold without completing a year on a three-year contract says a lot about his form this season.
Season Rating : 4

Andy O'Brien : The only one of the five central defenders we used this season who looked assured. He was shaky at times too but overall, had a solid impact on the team after joining the club on a permanent deal after a loan deal in which he caught the eye.
Season Rating : 7

Leigh Bromby : In my first entry in this blog, I had written how Bromby deserved more chances. Well in the end when he did, I was proved wrong. Another defender who looked out of his league in the Championship.
Season Rating : 5

Federico Bessone : Who? The Argentine full back. Did he do anything good? No. Transfer listed? Thank You, Uncle Ken.
Season Rating : 2

George McCartney : He was decent in his first loan spell. In his second spell, he had problems off the field and his lack of commitment and desire on the field made him a target for fans. I hope we have seen the last of him at Elland Road.
Season Rating : 3

Ben Parker : Came back from a long injury and then had to face Arsenal and Theo Walcott. Responsible for three of the four goals we conceded against Arsenal over the two legs.
Season Rating : 4

Amdy Faye : Bradley Johnson's rise this season meant Faye couldn't get much games and was forced to leave by January.
Season Rating : 4

Neil Kilkenny : Not a glamour player, but a very effective player to have in the team. Jonny Howson, Bradley Johnson and him formed a very good midfield that saw us go a good unbeaten run in the middle of the season. Got fewer chances after returning from the Asia Cup. An important player of the squad who I wish would sign a new deal at the club.
Season Rating : 6

Bradley Johnson : One of the players who has made a big impact this season. Started the season off slowly, but then moved on from strength to strength and was a vital part of the team in the heart of the midfield. His impressive season also included a headline goal against Arsenal at Elland Road.
Season Rating : 7

Jonathan Howson : You could say this season was the coming of age for Jonny Howson. Captain for most parts of the season with Naylor nursing an injury, he turned heads with his brilliant performances, even earning him an England u21 call up while some people proposed his name for the senior England squad.
Season Rating : 8

Adam Clayton : Played less than a handful of games earlier in the season, didn't set the place on fire and was loaned out to Peterborough United and later MK Dons. Likely to see more of him in the future.
Season Rating : 4

Barry Bannan : A player who should have got many more chances than he did end up getting at the club. A very talented player, who will probably end up playing for a top club in the future could have been the man who would have added that extra dimension that could have seen us cross the finish line.
Season Rating : 5 (More due to his lack of chances than his performances)

Jake Livermore : Never understood the point of his loan when he came. Still don't.
Season Rating : 2

Ramon Nunez : Another player who could have got many more chances. Hope to see a lot more of him next season.
Season Rating : 5

Robert Snodgrass : Probably the most talented player who is contracted to Leeds United at this moment. Injured early in the season, he set the league alight once he returned to full fitness. A late run of poor form did hamper his season, but it won't take away the fact that he has made it big this term.
Season Rating : 8

Max Gradel : Zero to Hero, Having almost costed us automatic promotion last season, Mad Max, as we like to call him, set the league on fire. Player of the season without much doubt.
Season Rating : 9

Sanchez Watt : Made a very good start to the season. Unfortunately for him, the form of Snodgrass and Gradel meant that there wasn't much room for him in the first team. His injuries didn't help either. I do hope we can get back a fitter and better Watt next season.
Season Rating : 6

Lloyd Sam : Another player who was hard done by injuries and the form of Snodgrass and Gradel.
Season Rating : 5

Luciano Becchio : One of the stars of the season, the Argentine shone in a new role as a lone striker. Our top scorer this season. His work rate was as great as ever. It was particularly pleasing to know he had signed a new contract during Christmas but there have been few murmurs that he could be on his way out. He is one player we can't do without.
Season Rating : 8

Billy Paynter : Too many chances. Just one goal. Sorry, simply not good enough. One player we could do without next season.
Season Rating : 3

Davide Somma : Another star who was born this season. His awareness of where the goal stands is his main strength and a fan's favourite. Another player who probably could have started more games towards the fag-end of the season with Becchio injured.
Season Rating : 7

Ross McCormack : Did not start the season off very well, but ended it on a high.
Season Rating : 5

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