By Keith Ingham
With the season nearly here and we wait for the first kick off I thought I'd have a look at what Brian McDermott has at his disposal for 2013/14. I hope to provide a little subject to discuss in the pubs and clubs in which Leeds fans gather.
Ross McCormack, probably the best striker we have on the books, his tally for the season before last was brilliant. But under 'Colin' he was played out of position and his confidence suffered because of it. I'm expecting a great season off him if he is injury free.
Aidy White, a player who year by year promises much but so far has not delivered. Playing on the right wing didn't help his cause last season. Seems to have a new role he enjoys and is a confidence player.
Noel Hunt, proven player but not prolific at putting it in the onion bag. Some of Brian's pocket money spent on him so fans will expect big things from him.
Sam Byram, the best player to come out of Thorp Arch in a long time. Fantastic first season and if we can keep Norwich and others away from him I can see him one day being a first choice for England, he's that good. Injury may see him missing for a few of the early games.
Tom Lees, definitely one of the first names on the team sheet, an accomplished centre back and already involved in the England under 21 set up and could move to the senior up if he continues to impress. Needs an experienced centre back alongside him, Pearce and Peltier might have to fill in until that player is brought in. Another the fans rate high.
Paul Green, another of the players who seem to have benefited from the change of manager and also a change of position. He has been used as a holding midfielder and going about his business confidently, never going to be one that grabs the headlines but most teams need a player like this. A fan (me)
Rodolph Austin, played over a year without a break and it showed. After he rested he looked the type of player that Leeds of old always had, an enforcer who is not afraid to put his foot in. Fantastic if sometimes wayward shot and a box to box midfielder. Should complement the new signing from Crewe.
Luke Murphy, the first million pound player bought by the club since Richard Cresswell, star of a very good Crewe side and has the ability to break down attacks and be the player Leeds so lacked in the previous season. Might need time to settle but he's the type of player I think we need in the centre of midfield.
Dominic Poleon, a striker who enjoys running at defences, could be the ideal wide player if nobody else is recruited before the season starts, another I've a lot of hope in if he gets a chance.
Matt Smith, a young player who came to prominence with two goals in the win over Liverpool and a goal versus Everton in Oldham's cup exploits of last season. He's young and raw but has shown preseason he has an eye for a goal. Be interesting if he's paired with Hunt as both are good in the air. Good prospect.
That's my first part, in Part two I'll finish off with who's worth keeping in the squad and who I think really aren't good enough and should be moved on.
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