Welcome to the We All Love Leeds Season review, where our writers have given us their views on how the 2012/13 season has panned out. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has contributed to the site this season, and also everyone that reads our articles and uses the site, without you all We All Love Leeds couldn't have grown into more than I ever imagined it would. We'll kick off with my short review of the season, followed by the views of our very talented writers and passionate fans... MOT! - Andy
Andy Gregory: The 2012/13 season has to go down as a huge failure and disappointment. I for one was hugely optimistic in Neil Warnock’s ability to get us up this season, but it just wasn’t to be. Under his management I expected Leeds to be consistent and solid at the back, gaining lots of 1-0 victories along the way... I could even have put up with a bit of hoof- ball it if was successful, but it wasn’t and the experienced Warnock surprisingly didn’t have it in him to turn things around.
Thankfully Brian McDermott has come in and he has been a breath of fresh air at ER. He has immediately turned a bunch of apparent underachievers into an exciting, passionate and attacking team, which has given many of us much hope for the future. This season won’t last long in the memory, but if McDermott is backed this summer I believe we can achieve great things with him. MOT!
Steve Barras: The 2012/2013 season has been one to forget for Leeds fans excepting one bright spark, Sam Byram. The right back broke through the ranks under Neil Warnock at pre-season and would have been this season's constant if it wasn't for an injury which ruled him out of the last couple of games. There have been a handful of matches that stand out, the 4-2 win at Huddersfield and the cup runs but that, for me, only highlighted how good we could be when we passed but Warnocks tactics really let us down. His team selection was baffling at best, sticking with his journeyman severely hampered our season.
Cue Brian McDermott, five games in charge and we are already dreaming of promotion next season. Slightly reminiscent of this time last year, granted, but we are Leeds and we dare to dream. Roll on next season and I hope an injection from the title winning under-18's ranks will have us becoming an O'Leary esque side but I do wonder if we would be planning our journeys to London if McDermott was installed ten games earlier, hindsight is a great thing.
Keith Ingham: Summing up this season is not easy but after I bought into the New Shirt, New Start it was clear from the start it was not going to be so. The loss of another 'jewel' (Snodgrass) to Norwich confirmed to many that Leeds weren't as serious as we thought they were. Becchio followed him, 19 goals and is still the top scorer for the season. You don't sell all your best players if you want to be successful it's as simple as that.
Warnock really tested my nerves with his weekly attack on certain players and his constant blame anybody but him culture was always going to end in tears. I believe Brian McDermott he has done more in a few weeks than Warnock did in his term as manager and with sensible backing from GFH I'm confident that 2013/14 will be measurably better than the last two seasons. Leeds fans deserve no less. On On On
Rob Atkinson: So the 2012-13 season ended as it began, with a win against a team at some point fancied for promotion. In the case of opening-day foes Wolves, those expectations were way off beam as they disappeared ignominiously into League One. The finale against Watford provided the small satisfaction of revenge for a hideous 6-1 beating at Elland Road, as we beat them to at least delay their promotion to the top flight. As for what happened in between these two matches - the answer to that is a resounding "not enough". Not enough quality, not enough leadership, certainly not enough application and concentration up front, at the back or in midfield. On the other side of the ledger: too much disappointment. too many excuses and bluster from an increasingly clueless Warnock, too little organisation at the top as the club tried to recover from a prolonged takeover saga.
To sum-up: too much of the bad things we don't need; too little of the good stuff we all crave. Some bright spots were there; the disposal of Premier League opposition in both domestic cups, notably Spurs on an all-too-rare happy day at Elland Road. The emergence of a real diamond in Sam Byram has been a massive positive; but can we hang on to him? It's been a season to forget overall, and - as we always seem to be saying at this time of year - much better is expected next term. Good luck, Brian.
Mike Courtney: The season began with optimism aplenty and an opening day win live on Sky against Wolves there was a genuine feeling that Warnock could be the man to get us promotion. This optimism was soon diminished and with the ongoing takeover saga continuing long into the winter months it soon became clear that all was not rosy down Elland Road way. The promised funds for players over the summer never materialised but despite this Leeds were still hovering around the playoff spots when in late November the proposed takeover by GFH was announced and with a 21st December date for completion giving all Leeds fans hope that we would have money to spend in January to enhance the squad for a push for promotion.
January came and went and the only notable transfer was Steve Morison with our top scorer Becchio moving to our "parent club" Norwich. Results got worse and after a winless streak Warnock's time was coming to an end as the playoff hopes dissipated and relegation loomed. Warnock finally got his cards and the search for a new Messiah was completed with Brian McDermott's appointment. Two home wins ensured safety and thoughts turned to next season and the hope of finally ending our Premier League exile. The season as a whole was disappointing in a year where 68 points achieved a playoff place. Not a huge points tally by any stretch of the imagination. So overall is was a missed opportunity for our boys and the blame must lie with Warnock and his hoofball style. The only positive was the emergence of Sam Byram, a star for now and the future and hopefully that future will be with Leeds in the Premier League sooner rather than later. Looking forward to a good pre-season on the transfer front and making a decent run at promotion next year.
Mark Rasdall: For me, what was to come in the 2012/13 season for Leeds United was pretty clear after the first two games. Our new look team scraped past Wolves in the opening game. Apart from his ability in the air I didn't think Luke Varney was good enough to play for our club and I still don't. I thought Green looked good but, of course, was injured almost immediately. Peltier looked OK at right back and Pearce seemed to bring much needed organisation to the defence.. But it wasn't pretty to watch. In the second game away at Blackpool we were ahead but could not hold on and Warnock's tactics seemed to be those of a manager who was out of touch. He also seemed determined to play players out of position (Peltier) or not play them at all (White) as if to prove some point to satisfy his ego while sitting back and letting us all question the abilities of those players - which I thought was disgraceful for any leader of men.
I don't think we really moved much beyond this for the rest of the season while Warnock was there and that's what made it a wasted opportunity. We had the likes of Byram and Lees who grew in stature but who were locked into the Warnock way or no way - even to the extent of having their education blighted by being made scapegoats for his shortcomings. When we finally beat Barnsley at home I began to wonder if 'effective' rather than.'exciting' might be enough to get us into the Play Offs at least but it was a false dawn. Woeful displays away at Forest, Hull and Middlesboro in particular made me question attitude and determination as well as ability and direction. All in all the decline and fall took on an inevitability and only Warnock's departure arrested the descent. I feel we have to take our time now rather than seeking the quick fixes of the past. We do need more quality in the squad and a lot of dead wood needs to be cut out this summer. We also need to be patient. I think that, given enough time, McDermott will embrace youth and find the balance with experience that ever successful cliche (and football team!) needs.
Rab Laverty: So there we have it then another season over and once again we find ourselves preparing for life in the championship. A season which started with a decent performance at home to relegated Wolves, actually petered out for us around Christmas time and although Mr Warnock kept bleating on about us being realistic promotion challengers we all knew different. We could hardly string 2 passes together never mind 2 wins and all of a sudden we were only play off candidates which very quickly developed into being relegation candidates. Then we had our promotion hero doing a big disappearing act after another woeful performance at Easter and all of a sudden life has once again picked up.
The quiet man, Brian McDermott, has come in and settled a stormy ship and now we can once again look forward to another promotion tilt next year. This was all culminated in a gritty, positive away victory at Watford yesterday not to mention 2 great wins in succession against Sheffield Wednesday and Burnley, which settled our relegation fears. I firmly believe Brian can be the difference for us next year but only if GFH back him as they are saying they will.
I feel Warnocks big problem was his failure to build a decent defence in his relative short time in charge and we could always depend on us conceding silly goals in every game. A lack of a good 25-30 goal a season centre forward was always going to be a problem also and it didn't take a genius to work out that conceding loads and scoring very few would give us problems. It says it all that that our top scorer was sold to a poor premier league team and he was lucky if he played a total of 90 minutes since January. We can blame that one on old Captain birds eye as once again he flogged our best assets. Can't say I'm sorry to see the back of him, he has done lots more damage than good as we are all too aware. Still I'm wasting no more time on that particular waste of space so onward and upward.
In closing I can honestly say I can't wait until next season and hopefully steady Brian will keep our ship on an even keel and if we have genuine financial commitment from GFH then hopefully this time 12 months we will be once again doing the celebrating. Only time will tell. MOT
Joe Dobbs: "And we've had our ups and downs"... Well that line alone roughly sums up our season. From the highs of being 1-0 up to Chelski in the quarters of the League cup, to the 6-1 home drubbing to Watford. It came as no real shock to most fans when we finished 13th. Starting the season by selling Snoddy and trying to replace him with the likes of 'Browney', 'Norrisy' and 'Varneyey' raised a few eyebrows. Our route 1 style tactics didn't put to rest our worries of having another mid-table season. Fans were calling for Warnock to go long before GFH acted upon it.
Which probably made the highlight of our season appointing Brian McDermott, he's brought back belief into both fans and players. "We're Leeds united, we're passing the ball" shows how well the fans have accepted him as our manager. It would seem that if he continues utilising all of our players to their best and manages to sign a magical winger to set the league alight and strong, smart centre half we have been lacking in recent times, then Leeds fans alike can begin to dream again. Onwards and upwards.
Kim Bjerregaard: I have never been a fan of Neil Warnock and I’ve never made a
secret of that, but I still looked forward to this season with some belief that we might actually be able to sneak in the Promised Land. The imminent takeover of the club and a few early signs gave us all hope and a positive vibe was seen on both twitter, facebook and among the fans I spoke to.
Fast forward to December, and the takeover finally happened and finally Ken Bates was out of Leeds United, or was he, no, he managed to stay on board as Chairman for the rest of the season and after this he’d become President, an honorary title yes, but still pretty annoying. But well at least we had our rich Arabs coming in and we were all looking forward to the transfer window in January, but oh how we were let down again.
Warnock wouldn’t say whether he was staying or going after the season, and the Arabs (maybe because of that) didn’t flash their wallet too much, a few, mediocre at best, signings were made, and worst of all for some reason the club thought that swapping Leeds legend Luciano Becchio for overrated and underachieving Steve Morison was a good idea – a strange decision, I for one was extremely disappointed and have continued to be so.
Another few months went on and Leeds went from bad to worse and then “The Easter Miracle”,as I call it, happened, GFH Capital finally had enough of Warnock and gave him the boot. In came former Reading manager Brian McDermott and within two games he had secured our place in the Championship for next season and given the Leeds fans another new found belief ahead of next season. I’ll remember this season for getting rid of Warnock and Bates, for the Pen4Ken Twitter campaign, for Warnocks constant excuses and blaming almost every player (unless he had signed them), for not faulting the lads, for the good cup runs, but most of all I’ll remember it for us having the best fans in the world, who else would stand for this year after year!? Next season will be our season; I can feel it, can’t you? MOT
Adam Walker: The 2012/13 has been a pretty poor season on the pitch for me. Off it we look to be making big strides. I heard someone characterise this season as a learning curve and a big step towards promotion. Although we finished in 13th we also got rid of Bates as Chairman, we got new investors and we got a new manager. There is a lot to be excited about. I'm eager to begin the new season now. I hope that Brian McDermott gets the players he needs and the players he wants. With his previous history as a scout I'm sure he'll be able to find the right players for the job. I like his style of play too. This hasn't really been a review of this season, more me getting over-excited about the forthcoming season, can you blame me?
Andrew Butterwick: I suspect the 2012/13 season will remembered more for the off the pitch activities rather than the consistently inconsistent affairs on the pitch. Ken Bates finally sold the club in one of the longest takeover saga's known to man and then somehow managed to secure himself a position as President of the club for the next 3 years. Needless to say this Presidential position is not one that the electorate voted on or Monaco's finest would have been in danger of finishing a long way behind the Monster Raving Loony candidate. The new owners, GFH, soon realised that they needed other investors if they were to take the club forward and so began Takeover 2 which is still ongoing. If we're not careful we'll have more sequels than the Rocky films before we get some real stability at the club.
On the pitch Neil Warnock's warm and fuzzy noises he made in pre season about how he was going to turn the club into promotion challengers soon began to look ambitious at best as we headed for the crucial Xmas schedule. His public berating of fan's favourite Becchio showed a ack of understanding of man management and fans management and by the time we were humiliated by Barnsley he had lost the last vestiges of any support on the terraces. His post match excuses were by now parodied by every twitter/facebook discussion and the numerous fans forums. "The lad's tried ever so hard" "I couldn't have asked any more from the lads" and "the ref's had a shocker" were repeated week after week as our our slim hopes of reaching the play off's disappeared without trace.
His final piece of verbal suicide was to publicly blame Tom Lees for the defeat at Ipswich a move that confirmed to 99.99% of fans that he had completely lost the plot. When he finally went after another abject display against Derby we were seriously looking at the relegation dog fight. The change of style and approach that Brian McDermott immediately brought to the club showed what we were missing as we sneaked away from the mass fight to stay up. If only he had come 6 games earlier? Leeds finished on the same points total as the year before and in my opinion have spent a season stagnating that is unless you believe's Mr Warnock's view that he left the club in a fantastic position to move forward? Keep taking the pills Colin.
Shaun Stone: I have watched Leeds United play some of the worst football I've ever seen a Leeds team play in over 20 years of supporting them. Hoof-ball, no tactic nonsense that left a bitter taste in my mouth. Players playing out of position, substitions at the wrong times, or not at all. The fans could see what needed to be changed, but the Manager at the time couldn't seem to see anything wrong with the team. Constantly praising the effort of the lads, in his post-match interviews, often left me wondering if I was at a different game.
At various points in the season it was a difficult time for many Leeds fans, but we all know that's what football is all about - the good, and the bad. It wasn't all bad, we had some great wins against Premier League teams, but Manchester City saw that we didn't venture any further along that route of happiness and cause to celebrate. Crowd attendances were obviously increased due to the arrival of Premier League opposition but for me, this is the opposite to what the club really needed, and still do. We need to ensure Elland Road is a tough place to come to, and to do this we need bums on seats. We need the support for league games, not just cup games. Attendances were down and you could say, rightly so. Do we want to work hard and pay to watch poor football?. We are Leeds fans, yes. We support our club yes, but there are limits to what the club can expect us to endure? It's not just about the style of football, even if there was no style, at times. Many fans have their own, personal reasons as to why they don't attend the games anymore and although some of the reasons are silly to me, I respect their decisions.
Some people have been quoted as saying "It was a wasted season." I totally disagree with this statement. We all saw Leeds United at a very low point, but did we learn anything from it, yes we did. Neil Warnock - the man with a proven history of helping clubs gain promotion, seemed to lack the ingenuity to help Leeds United benefit from his past accomplishments..
In came Brian McDermott. Many people have stated that they were filled with the same anticipation and belief when Neil Warnock was appointed, but as easy as it is to say this now he's gone, I have a different sense of belief in this man. I don't want to talk too much about him, but he is, or certainly seems to be the shining light that Leeds United needs. As I've said before, he talks the talk but he has already changed a team that looked as though they forgot how to pass a ball, or do the most simplest of things, into a more secure, commited unit of players. There have also been changes off the field, with a few surprise appointments, among some fans. All of which has inspired the fans and once more created a thirst for success, rather than ponder on the first half of the season and walking around blindly at how next season will be any different.
It's been a bizarre campaign, this time around. Football clubs losing Championship status after gaining a certain amount of points during the season, that would usually suffice, in maintain their safety. A few more late goals in our own net, poor perdormances and a take-over dragging it's heels even longer, could've cemented our doom and given us a ticket to League One.
All in all, has this has been a season to forget, or could you argue that this season
will be the pivitol moment in the future of Leeds United history? Obviously, none of us know the answers yet. We may not of gained promotion this season, but have we gained something just as good, if not better in Brian McDermott and what he has already done at the club?. Some of you may think that is a crazy statement, because you want Leeds United to be in the Premier League, but it's not as crazy as you may think. Of course, I want to see Leeds vs. Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea on a regular basis but the structure of the club needs to be worked on. Do you want a "Mickey Mouse" promotion or do you want your beloved team to win it, in style and not only gain promotion, but stay up and become established as one of the best teams in England, again. I believe we have had a successful season, but having success doesn't always show on the pitch straight away. Has this season been a waste of time? Certainly not, especially if we learn from our mistakes, and let's face it... There have been plenty of them this season.
Some fans will always remember the good times, but a true fan remembers WHY they were so good. I feel confident that we are due good times, and after witnessing a season like the one just gone, it will make it more meaningful. We can't appreciate the good, unless we;ve sampled some of the bad. MOT.
Steve Jennings: On the day in April 2013 when Leeds lost to Brighton at home I was in Tavistock. This was my first trip there since 23rd July 2012 when I visited the small town in the heart of Dartmoor to watch Leeds play the local side in a pre-season friendly. That day Tavistock’s population was inflated by the arrival of about 2000 Leeds fans enjoying the bright sunshine in the local hostelries, drinking cold beverages by the gallon and talking positively about the season ahead.
And why not, the takeover talks were apparently at an advanced stage, there were new players in the ranks and Leeds had a Manager that had been there and done it many times in the past. With new owners there would be more new players, right? And ones of genuine match-winning quality too? It had all the makings of a famous & memorable season for our club and the army of beleaguered supporters. This positivity came flooding back as I walked the streets with my wife. The summer of 2012 was one of hope and belief that the club was on the turn.
But what happened next was famous for being another mediocre season (among many before it) and memorable for all the wrong reasons. It was, quite simply, a terrible season. For me 2012/13 will be remembered as the season Leeds United put in some of the most lacklustre performances ever, played some of the worst “hoofball” I have ever had the misfortune to witness, lacked any creativity on the pitch, had players ambling around like they just didn’t care and a Manager who had no plan A, let alone plans B, C or D. This same Manager who kept reminding us he had gained seven promotions in his career, told us he deserved a medal for his efforts at Elland Road and practiced a small portfolio of pathetic excuses every Saturday evening whilst also informing the watching world that the same players that had just been tanked by another ordinary Championship team played well and“I couldn’t have asked no more from the lads!”
And this was all set to the backdrop of falling crowds at Elland Road and a fractured Leeds support that once bellowed out “Marching on together” like a religious anthem. With the takeover taking an age to complete and due diligence becoming well overdue it was all going horribly wrong on the field and off it! After roughly ten years of mediocrity Leeds fans had seemingly had enough. Passions were high and anger rife in the ground and on the various social media platforms as fans demanded to know what was going to happen next. And when. Of course there are many factors to consider in the grand scheme of things but I don’t wish to debate them now. Some blame eight years of Ken Bates, some the protracted takeover, some the choice of Manager (hardly a popular man when he previously visited Elland Road) and some the lack of experience new owners GFH have in running a Football club Whatever I think they ALL contributed to a poor showing from Leeds in a league that was ordinary (at best) and there for the taking for a club with an amount of business acumen and a Manager that can spot a bargain or two to play alongside the 1-2 players of genuine class. Leeds United failed on all counts. And from dreaming of promotion Leeds fans had to accept the very real threat of relegation to League 1.
But there were some bright moments: the rise of young Sam Byram, the development of Tom Lees, the removal of Ken Bates vile programme notes and weekly rants on his radio station and a couple of decent cup runs where we beat Premier League opposition in front of passionate Elland Road crowds showed what is possible. And then came the removal of Neil Warnock and the introduction of Brian McDermott as the new Manager. The season has ended well. Three wins and two defeats would certainly have been two draws and three defeats under Warnock and the players that ambled for the previous Manager (you know the ones, those that he could ask no more from) are showing a lot more pride in their work. And we are passing the ball like we should have from the off. We can go into the summer with a positive mindset safe that we have a decent Manager who wants his team to pass the ball and play Football, likes speedy wingers and builds his teams from the foundations of a strong defence.
Of course what happens next will depend on the acumen and ambition of the owners, GFH Capital, who must back the new Manager with money so he can buy the necessary quality. We will learn much about Messrs Haigh & Patel in the coming months. If they do then maybe there will be a large number of Leeds supporters in another provincial market town somewhere in the UK or beyond come July enjoying the sunshine and local fare whilst dreaming of a successful season watching a competitive team on the field? And let’s hope this time those dreams become reality.
K.G.Bailey: The beginning of the season promised so much for Leeds United with a takeover "imminent" and fresh funds anticipated to rejuvenate a tired & average squad. This takeover of course didn't happen until December 2012 but positive things have happened since GFH have taken over from Ken Bates which make me optimistic for the 2013/14 season onwards.
The 2012/13 season overall was very disappointing with optimistic hope all the way through due to other teams around us being inconsistent giving us a glimpse at those play off spots until the two homes games vs Peterborough and Huddersfield when the Playoffs were too far out of reach and we ended up looking over our shoulder slightly as teams below us were picking up points while we were stuck on 52 points for at least a good month.
I firmly believe if Brian McDermott hadn't come in when he did we would not have beaten Sheff Weds & Burnley at home. He made key changes at key times whereas under Neil Warnock no matter how tired or poorly his players were playing he wouldnt make a change. Not until at least the 88th minute anyway.
Thrown away points, bad tactics, no pace in the team, no first half goals for plus 20 games, poor away form & a memorable cup run would probably sum this season up in a nutshell. The negatives in there are things I dont expect or believe will happen under our new manager due to his footballing brain and new age style of management that was lacking with our previous manager.
Recruitment is key in the summer & I trust Brian McDermotts judgement as he has been pretty shrewd in the transfer market with Reading.
I anticipate 2013/14 will be our year.
"A decade in the shadows, now Leeds United are back in the big time."
I hope this is the headline come May 2014. MOT
Josh Grainger: High points - We haven't been fortunate enough to be involved with a promotion race (well, since January onwards) so I guess the only real highpoints have been the performance's of one or two player's, or the odd match in which we have actually turned up! The main three for me, starting with the third, was the win away at Huddersfield. Considering we've been fairly abysmal on our travel's this season, it was more the shock of really turning over Huddersfield that was the most pleasing factor, fair enough a club like Leeds Utd should be turning the likes of Huddersfield over, however at the time the Terriers were on a fairly good run of form, and we haven't won at the Galpharm in my lifetime, so to see us go behind, yet turn it round to eventually win 4-2 was very sweet, made even sweeter knowing just how badly that result would have hurt their fans. Secondly for me, was the win against Spurs. We'd had a few good game's in the cup already after beating two premier league teams in Everton and Southampton, but when the draw was made against high-flying Tottenham, I don't think even the most optimistic of Leeds fans would have predicted a home victory. To see the 'PFA player of the season' line up against our timid defence felt unfair, however from the minute the game kicked off we just seemed to want it more. We weren't spectacular, however things seemed to be going our way and fortunately for us, Spurs just couldn't seem to defend. You know anything can happen when Luke Varney scores against premier league opposition, however once McCormack's stunner doubled our lead, everyone knew it may just be one of those special cup moment's for Leeds. The biggest highpoint of the season for me, has been the emergence of Sam Byram. Before the season he was just a youth team player filling in a gap for pre-season, but from the moment he made his debut against Shrewsbury, it was pretty clear we had something special on our hands. Byram's performance's have gone from strength to strength and whilst I won't lie and will admit there are parts of his game that need improving, if he carries on the way he's going, it wouldn't surprise me to see him in the England team in the future.
Watford at home sticks out, however for me it was Middlesbrough away. I'm sure it wasn't the worst we've played this season and a narrow 1-0 defeat wasn't a horrendous result, however on a personal note this game wasn't pleasant. Half of my family are Boro fans so it would have been nice to have secured a double over them this season, however that wasn't crucial. For someone who hasn't been to too many away games this season, to see us reduced to long ball every time felt like a dagger repeatedly being stuck through me. The lack of pace in our side was so evident in this match, seeing Luke Varney out on the wing was comical, when he can genuinely be a threat up top, also this was the first time I got to see our new number nine Steve Morison and to see him play so poorly, I'm not sure I'll ever recover from. The loss of Luciano Becchio was another crucial turning point in our season, but I'm not sure even his goals would have been enough to mount a serious promotion push.
Overall season player ratings and 3 word summary
1) Paddy Kenny - 6.5 - Just About Alright
2) Lee Peltier - 6 - Has slowly improved
3) Adam Drury -6.5 - Not enough action
4) Tom Lees - 7 - Got some potential
5) Jason Pearce - 6 - Far too slow
6) Paddy Kisnorbo - n/a - All the best
7) Paul Green - 6.5 - tries fairly hard
8) Rudy Austin - 6.5 - needs a rest
9) Steve Morison - 5.5 - Needs to improve
10) Luciano Becchio - 7.5 - We miss you
11) Luke Varney - 6 - He can head
12) Jamie Ashdown - 7 - hopefully see more
14) Aidy White - 6 - Needs more action
15) Steven Warnock - 6.5 - Committed but ageing
16) Danny Pugh - n/a - time to go
17) Michael Brown - 6 - God love him
18) Michael Tonge - 6.5 - better than expected
19) David Norris - 6.5 - the water carrier
21) El-Hadji Diouf - 7 - was worth signing
22) Habib Habibou - n/a - really any need
25) Sam Byram - 8 - He can play
26) Dom Poleon - 7 - More to come
28) Davide Somma - n/a - why always injured
30) Ryan Hall - 6 - barely been seen
32) Chris Dawson - 7 - should have played
44) Ross McCormack - 7.5 - genuine good footballer