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LUFC Leeds United season fans view

Following on from the individual fans view for each game this season it is time to look back at how I felt the squad did over the season.


With the released and retained list expected to be announced later today I have also given my opinion of those I would like to see stay and those I would like to leave.

Andy Lonergan 5

He started the season well but never looked the same when he came back from injury. You could not fault his shot stopping but his decision making in and around the area left a lot to be desired. His distribution was also very poor.

I would keep him, but only as back up goalkeeper.

Paul Connolly 3
He is not good enough. We need a right full back with plenty of pace and it is something he lacks. Always picks up silly yellow cards because he is too slow and his sending off against Watford highlighted this.

Got to be one to be shown the door.

Patrick Kisnorbo 2
He was nowhere near the player we had in his first season with the club. He had lost all his pace and looked vulnerable. Injury at the turn of the year brought to an end his season.

Time to go.

Alex Bruce 5
Was made a scapegoat by Simon Grayson at Swansea the previous season and was frozen out this term until the turn of the year. One of the few shining lights under Warnock and he probably had his best game for Leeds against Leicester last Saturday.

Offer him a new deal.

Andy O`Brien 1
He was rushed back from injury by Grayson at the start of the season and he looked woefully short of full fitness. He was dropped but he made his comeback with a man of the match performance at Leicester in November. He refused to play for Grayson ever again because of off-field problems and apart from a brief appearance at Coventry in February he hasn`t been seen.

Time to go.

Robbie Rogers 2
He looks like he has got potential but rarely featured and when he did he last no time at all before going off injured.

He is in contract for another year so let Warnock have a look at him in pre-season before deciding whether to offload him or not.

Max Gradel 2
Only five appearances before the shining light of the 2010/11 season was sold from underneath us. How we missed his goals and his pace.

Michael Brown 4
He was woeful before the arrival of Neil Warnock. He looked a new man once Warnock arrived but I don`t think he could sustain the level of performance Warnock will want week in week out.

Time to go

Billy Paynter 2
Two for his two goals against Peterborough. He has hardly been seen all season and he failed to produce for Brighton whilst on loan with the seagulls in the first half of the season.

Time to go

Luciano Becchio 5
He missed pre-season and the first month of the season and he hasn`t looked fit all season. Not the Luciano we had grown to like in the previous three seasons. I can see Warnock wanting to use him next season.

Keep him

Lloyd Sam 2
He has never got a decent run in the side but he does not look to have what is needed in the championship. Spent the last few months on loan at Notts County.

Time to go

Paul Rachubka 0
We have made some poor signings in the past but he is up there with the worst. Absolutely woeful in every game he played making errors. His final game in a Leeds shirt is one I will never forget. 200 miles on a cold November night to watch him capitulate in 45 minutes. I said when the third went in, 'he will never play for Leeds again` and he will not. Spent the rest of the season out on loan and must leave in the summer.

Time to go

Adam Smith 1 (loan)
He joined Leeds at a time of turmoil with Grayson sacked and then Redfearn in temporary charge. He never settled and was quickly back out the door.

Jonny Howson 4
For me he was never captain material and often went missing when the chips were down. He looked to be finding his form when moved into a more forward role when he suffered injury against Millwall in December. He never played for us again as he was sold to Norwich in January.


Adam Clayton 6
He was a revelation in the first few months of the season with consistent performances. He was the outstanding performer at West Ham against Scott Parker, Mark Noble and Kevin Nolan in their team. He drifted through the second half of the season.

Definitely one to keep.

Danny Pugh 2
We had him on loan for three months first and he was poor. We still shelled out 500,000 for him and he hasn`t improved.

Needs to go

Andros Townsend 1 (loan)
A great debut against Burnley but that was as good as it got. Became 'Billy big boots` and he was quickly on his way back to Spurs.


Mikael Forssell 0
What a waste of wages this was.

Out of contract and time to go.

Ben Parker 0
One solitary substitute`s appearances before injuries struck again. He has now been released and I wish him all the best.

Ramon Nunez 2
He looked like he had the potential to replace Gradel but it never happened and never reproduced his early season form.

Time to go

Alex McCarthy 7 (loan)
He made six appearances for us whilst on loan and he kept four clean sheets. If we are going to bring in a new keeper this summer I hope it is McCarthy. Best signing of the season.

Tom Lees 6
He finally got his chance in the first team after spending two seasons out on loan. Versatile playing at right back and centre back. He was often exposed by those around him and I think he could thrive under Warnock.

Keep him

Robert Snodgrass 7
He started the season slowly before hitting a purple patch around November. He is the one player who always looks to give 100% for Leeds.

Hopefully he will stay but I would not be surprised if he is enticed by the Premier League.

Maik Taylor 0
Back up goalkeeper who never made an appearance. He joined Millwall on loan towards the end of the season and he earned rave reviews with some top class performances. Out of contract and not likely to stay.

Fabian Delph 3 (loan)
The former favourite returned on loan but he did not look like the player who left a few years ago. He was soon injured and returned to Villa.

Danny Webber 2
Neil Warnock`s first signing. He impressed on debut but that was as good as it got. Out of contract now but I have a feeling Warnock might offer him the chance to prove himself in pre-season before making a decision having missed so much football this season.

Time to go

Leigh Bromby 5
He never seems to let Leeds down when he is given the opportunity. He looked like he had been given a new lease of life once Warnock arrived before a dreadful injury looks like ruling him out of most if not all of next season.

Aidy White 6
He performed consistently at left back in the first half of the season but did not look comfortable on the wing once Warnock arrived. He hasn`t signed a new deal yet and I think he will be off in the summer.

Would like him to stay but cannot see it

Zac Thompson 3
He looked comfortable at right back when given the chance at the turn of the year. He was given a chance in midfield by Warnock but needs to work on his strength, as he looked out of his depth in the final game against Leicester.

Keep him, he will learn with age

Alex Cairns 2
He was thrown in at the deep end when replacing Rachubka for forty-five minutes against Blackpool. He definitely looks one for the future and he will benefit from a long loan next season.

Keep him

Charlie Taylor 3
Another one of the youngsters to make the breakthrough this season. He looked decent in his first start against Crystal Palace in September but he looked woefully of the pace against Peterborough recently. I like to see the academy lads given a chance so he is another who might benefit from a spell out on loan.

Keep him

Paul Robinson 3 (loan)
I liked his commitment and he did seem to help out the youngsters at the back with his experience. When he was faced with a player with pace he was left for dead. I am glad we are not taking his loan any further.

Andy Keogh 3 (loan)
He stayed with us for three months. He started well but like everyone else at the time his performances went downhill around November. He always worked hard but did not get the goals. He is now though at Millwall.

Ross McCormack 7 Player of the season
He was my player of the year ahead of Snodgrass. He started the season on fire and even when he wasn`t scoring goals he always put in a good shift. After the arrival of Warnock he played in a slightly different role and he was the one player you thought was going to do something.

Got to keep him

Darren O`Dea 3 (loan)
I was worried when Warnock said he wanted to sign him but thankfully, he shot himself in the foot with his sending off at Blackpool. He was too slow and too clumsy and if we are building from the back then he was not the player to fill one of the centre back roles.

Summary
As a Leeds fan I feel like I have just wasted ten months of my life. When we should have been building this season, we never brought in the players in the summer and then topped it off by selling Gradel.

I can probably think of the really good games on one hand, whilst there was so many games I cannot wait to forget over the summer.

This summer it his time for Bates to back Warnock or I believe he will be off. It is not about him spending lots of money because that is something Warnock has never had to do to gain all his promotions.

I am confident for next season, I just need this summer to try to forget all about the one we have just had.

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Date:Wednesday May 2 2012

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