Who is your Leeds United player of the season?

29 Apr 2020 07:33 am, by 1964white

Good Morning everyone, wishing Matt a speedy recovery today. It's Wednesday 29th April, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...

Do Leeds need to strengthen keeping options next season?

Victor Orta may have publicly supported Kiko Casilla but there are many Leeds fans who would rather not see the Spaniard return between the sticks for Leeds United next season following his FA charge. But if it’s not to be Casilla next term, who would you like to see in goal for Leeds next season?

Leeds are understood to have a option to make Illan Meslier’s signing permanent for around £5m. the young French keeper has impressed with both his keeping and distribution in his limited first team game time so far this season but does he have the experience required?

Noel Whelan has urged Leeds United to rival Celtic for Fraser Forster’s signature if they are promoted to the Premier League this season. Whilst ex-Leeds keeper Paul Robinson identified Joe Hart as the man he would like between the sticks for Marcelo Bielsa next season.

Who is your Leeds United player of the season?

With the season on indefinite hiatus it’s difficult to know whether we will play out the final games or not. But with over 75% of the season played there has been enough football to start discussions on who Leeds United’s player of the season is. The Athletic’s Phil Hay has got his list down to four candidates, but do you agree?

Stuart Dallas - Possibly the only player who came out of play-off defeat against Derby with any credit, Dallas continued this season in impressive form. Covering at right back, left back and in central midfield Dallas has been Marcelo Bielsa’s Rolls Royce. A modern-day Paul Madeley who can be relied upon to do a fantastic job wherever on the pitch he is playing. Dallas has been one of the most versatile and dependable players for Bielsa this season but will his lack of a regular position affect his chances of winning player of the season?

Kalvin Phillips - The beating heart of Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United side, the transformation into one of the best defensive midfielders in the country continues for Kalvin Phillips. His ability to win the ball back and break up opposition attacks combined with this outstanding passing put Leeds back on the front foot in a flash. The red card against QPR is the only bot on his season but it showed the frustration that every Leeds fan was feeling. His performances this year have been enough to spark interest from Gareth Southgate, have they been enough to make him player of the season?

Jack Harrison - Young Jackie Harrison spent the summer working hard, it was clear he wanted to impress his manager, but that manager was Marcelo Bielsa rather that Pep Guardiola. His commitment impressed to get him a second season at Leeds and his has translated that effort into an improved final ball meaning he is at the top of the assists list for Leeds this season. Has his improvement been enough to make him player of the season?

Ben White - This summers big question was who was going to fill Pontus Jansson’s shoes, but they have been filled and then some by Ben White. This may be White’s first season in the Championship but he has looked composed and assured both defensively and in terms of his ball playing, he is almost the perfect Marcelo Bielsa defender. With big teams such as Liverpool rumoured to be sniffing round it’s clear he has impressed not just Leeds fans this season.

Aston Villa - How do you feel about that goal it a year on?

It’s a year ago since that game and that goal against Aston Villa. It’s still easy to feel a sense of injustice about that day. How good or bad are the Sky commentary team, was there a mention of playing to the referee's whistle? Were Leeds unsporting or just playing to the whistle? Should Bielsa insisted on allowing Villa to score from a free-hit? Did Bamford deserve a three match ban? Should Villa had a another defender red-carded? Did Pontus cook his goose with his natural competitive nature?

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Chilli D wrote on 29 Apr 2020 06:02 pm

hector wrote:
Wed Apr 29, 2020 3:40 pm
Mine would have been Klich, but alas, I am unable to vote for him.........................
Yes it would have been Klich for me as well but of the four listed, I would go for Ben White.

hector wrote on 29 Apr 2020 03:40 pm

Mine would have been Klich, but alas, I am unable to vote for him.........................

Ellandback1 wrote on 29 Apr 2020 03:17 pm

No doubt Harrison has improved 10 fold. but my vote has to go to Phillips. He has made the difference in tightening up in front of defence and one of the main reasons for our possession.

I remember 4 or 5 years go, come Christmas the squad were knackered . They gave the reason to be lack of possession and having to chase the ball!

We are fortunate to have 3 or 4 players with a big engine, namely Phillips, Ayling, Alioski and lets say Klich..

onemoreslogan wrote on 29 Apr 2020 03:07 pm

I think you have to go with White. Coming into the season he was under tremendous pressure replacing PJ and all the questions and controversy that came with it.

What he delivered was an upgrade at the back, started every game, and actually filled in admirably for Kalvin when called upon. Something I would never dream of having PJ do...

Given the context it has to be him.

Runners up for me are two others who started every match- Klich and Harrison.

More than Kalvin, it seems whenever Klich plays well we win. And even on an average day he's been exceptional. He's taken a bit for granted by some but we'd be lost without him.

Harrison is the most improved returning player and I don't think he's reached his ceiling yet. After this season I can't fathom what his ceiling is! The potential seems limitless at this point.

dezzy wrote on 29 Apr 2020 03:03 pm

Harrison most improved. Philips is just so good, Dallas unbelievably reliable but it has to be White, first year in the championship, replacing one of the most popular players we have had in a long time and is so dependable and takes to playing Bielsa ball with ease. Wouldn’t begrudge any of 5 players that award if you add in Klich