By Keith Ingham
The motley crew in the Season 2013/14 will now have packed up their snorkels and Speedo's to jet off to a sunny destination, so I thought it a good idea to cast an eye on my opinion of their efforts through another dismal season in Leedsville. Some of you might agree others might not, any comments are always gratefully read.
Paddy Kenny, a slimmed down version appeared between the goalposts in August. He still is a great shot stopper but his kicking is woeful, even when un-injured and he's let a few soft goals in but he's still one of the best in the Championship. 6/10.
Jack Butland, a loanee from Stoke City. His first game versus Middlesborough he was Man of the Match in a goalless draw, he suffered after because of the constant changes the manager made and the worst ever Leeds back line in years. Will be great at another club that can defend. 6/10.
Alex Cairns: Obviously not rated by McDermott as he only plays Development games. Out of contract 2014. No Mark.
Jamie Ashdown: injured all season. Out of contract. No Marks
Jason Pearce, the most improved player at the club and must be in contention for club player of the season. The defence has changed around him as he's not missed many games, always seems very focused during the game and even scored this season v Derby County and the winner v Middlesborough at Elland Road. A good season from JP. 8/10.
Tom Lees, one of the players that really disappointed this season. Tipped to really carry the club forward and a England international at under 21 level, he has been found wanting on many occasions and seems to have lost a lot of confidence after two poor managers (Warnock and McDermott) have handled him. Still young and I expect a better 2014/15 off the unsmiling Lees. 5/10.
Marius Žaliūkas, Came on a free from Hearts and started well but after he was guilty of mistakes that cost four goals v 'Wendys' lost all confidence and was left out for a long time. Still looked 'shaky' when he got back into the team. 5/10.
Sam Byram, missed the pre season and the start of the season. Lost some of his pace and only showed in a few games the form of the previous season. One that could leave the nest in the summer. 5/10.
Danny Pugh, came into the team after a long time out when McDermott tried the 3-5-2 system, did really well then his form dropped. Scored v Watford in the incredible 3-3 draw. Probably leave in the summer. Out of contract. 5/10.
Lee Peltier, started in place of Byram and made the right back position his own. Did well and scored his first goal for Leeds on Boxing Day v Blackpool. Struggled after Christmas and went to Nottingham Forest after a lengthy loan agreement was reached between the clubs. Hopefully will stay there. 5/10.
Stephen Warnock, the ex England international had a ok season and scored from just inside the Yeovil half with the wind assisted effort to give Leeds a 2-1 win there. 6/10.
Aidy White, went to Sheffield United on loan but came back due to injury. Played a couple of games then was dropped by McDermott. 4/10.
Scott Wootton, a transfer from the Salford Reds for an undisclosed fee. He started well but after being dropped lost confidence, played as a wing back in the later games of the season. Not a great acquisition. 4/10.
Adam Drury, warmed the bench a few times. Loaned to Bradford City Out of contract 2014. No Mark
Zac Thompson, one substitute appearance. Not in McDermott's plans. No Mark
Charlie Taylor, loaned out most of the season. Hopefully will get a chance next season if he gets another contract, his current one is due to run out. No Mark
Luke Murphy, the first million pound player since Richard Cresswell. Scored the winner in the first game of the season v Brighton in injury time and looked good in the early games. When Leeds struggled after Christmas so did he, scored two important goals v Blackpool when a win was needed. Plays better when in a advanced position. One definitely for the future and a favourite of mine. 7/10.
Rudy Austin, has gone backwards and sometimes looks like a Sunday League midfielder. Scored a great goal v Reading with a twenty five plus yard screamer. A very average player this season. 4/10.
Alex Mowatt, came into the side and played some decent games then his form dropped and was dropped. He's young and will learn from this season. A real look of Gary Speed, looks and how he plays. One for the future. 6/10.
Michael Brown, came in got booked but sometimes did ok. Bye Michael time to go. Out of contract. 5/10.
Michael Tonge, overlooked for most of the season then when McDermott struggled to find a player who could pass the ball turned to Tonge. Did well in some games others you hardly knew he was playing. Could be leaving. 5/10.
Jimmy Kebe, a waste of money. Left the club. 1/10
Cameron Stewart, came in the same week as Kebe but finds it hard to beat a man and deliver a decent cross. His best game was the Huddersfield game and when he scored a cracker when playing against us for Charlton at the Valley. 4/10.
El Hadji Diouf, spent most of the season travelling around the world or injured. Leaving in the summer. 0/10. Out of contract.
Gboly Ariyibi, only 18 and may have a future at the club. Loaned out after a substitute outing. 2/10.
David Norris, ignored or injured all season. Needs to leave in the summer. No Marks.
Paul Green. Started in front of the back four and did well then was moved forward to accommodate Austin, lost confidence and went out of the team, eventually went to Ipswich on loan. McCarthy rates him highly and wants to keep him. McDermott overlooked him when we were struggling. Not one of the managers favourites.
Chris Dawson, not used even though he is reported to becoming a very useful midfielder. No Marks.
Ross McCormack, Captain Fantastic has scored goals and without him Leeds would have been relegated without doubt. A brilliant season for the Scottish striker who netted all four goals in the away win at Charlton and a Hat trick versus Huddersfield Town at Elland Road. Many words have been written about his exploits this season so I won't add many more but for to say if we had five players at least of his ilk we would be far higher than the miserable position we find ourselves this May. Quite simply the best player to wear a Leeds shirt this season. Could leave this summer if the money offered is too much to turn down. Needs to practise his penalty taking!. 9/10.
Steve Morison, on loan at Millwall. Should stay there permanently. No Marks.
Luke Varney, important early season goals but fell out of favour with McDermott and was rumoured to have refused to play in a game when negotiating a loan move away from Leeds. Went to Blackburn Rovers and can stay there for me.
5 / 10 (For his early season goals)
Dominic Poleon, given a few starts and netted v Chesterfield in the Carling Cup and Bournemouth at home in the Championship. Needs to be given a run in the side as a winger, he's not a striker. Next season is a make or break one for him.
Noel Hunt, no goals at all in his appearances and one of the players McDermott really wanted. Gives effort but a striker is in the team to score goals and it's just not happened for him during his first season with the club. If he stays he needs to improve drastically his goals output. 5/10.
Matt Smith, came in the summer and although he was in and out of the side he still managed to get into double figures and was second top scorer at the club. Did very well and will improve next season. One of Brian's better purchases. 7/10.
Connor Wickham, came on loan from Sunderland and supported Ross McCormack to good effect until moved on the wing by the manager. Two assists by the striker before he returned prematurely to Sunderland. He scored goals at Manchester City, Chelsea and home to Cardiff to show just how wrong McDermott was in playing him out of position on the wing. I ask you! 5/10.
Lewis Walters, a substitute appearance and one who is the latest to show promise in Neil Redfearn's young guns. Shows promise. No Mark.
Brian McDermott, If you've used as many players as McDermott has used and not found your best eleven it's very worrying and whether he makes it to August is debatable. A nice man, probably far too nice with the under performing, highly paid players he had at his disposal. His tactics and formations confused both fans and players. Maybe it could have been better if the original decision to sack him in February would have stood. His team went backwards after Christmas and there must be a reason for this. The prolonged takeover can't be blamed for all the clubs ills, although the situation GFH created didn't help anyone. 5/10
Nigel Gibbs, two games, two wins. Enough said. 7/10.
GFH, the worst thing to happen to Leeds United FC ever! 0/10.
Another season that ended worse than the previous one. A step backwards in a troubled time in Leeds 11. It is hoped the under Massimo Cellino the club can go forward with him albeit carefully. It is to be seen if McDermott's performance as the manager will keep him in a job after 21 defeats in forty six games in the Championship. What is certain is that another season of 'dross' will not be tolerated by the Elland Road faithful. Hope needs to be be instilled in back Leeds 11. Thanks to Andrew, 'The Happy Chocker' and the 'Quiet One' for making the end of season one to remember.
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