Once again, Leeds United’s season is petering out into yet more mid table mediocrity. The club have too many players who aren’t good enough for a promotion push and the squad is in need of an overhaul.
Here are five players who have featured heavily this season that they should look to move on this summer:
An obvious choice is goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald. The German goalkeeper was signed to replace the want away Rob Green. Wiedwald was signed to help build towards a possession based style of play, as he was supposedly good with his feet. As it turns out, Wiedwald isn’t much better than Green with his feet and massively struggles with the basics of a goalkeeper. He has made the most errors leading to a goal across the entire division. He just isn’t good enough.
O’Kane started the season off in superb form, leaving many wondering why he was left out so frequently last season by Garry Monk. His performances from October up until now have shown why. The former Bournemouth midfielder has continued to be a regular in a midfield which rarely wins a midfield battle. His ball usage has deteriorated as the season has progressed and he is not imposing enough to be a top Championship midfielder.
Roofe is now coming to the end of his second season in the Championship at Leeds. He has yet to show he has the ability to cope with the demands of this league. I still don’t know what his best position is, he’s very ineffective out wide and is far too weak for a striker. His goal tally has improved this season with nine, but he just doesn’t offer enough with his overall play.
This season, Cooper has been the man to replace fan favourite centre back Kyle Bartley, who’s loan spell ended at the end of last season. Cooper is another player who started the season brilliantly but his form has not lasted. He has two red cards this season and is always prone to a costly error. You can’t fault his effort levels, but he just isn’t quite good enough to be a top defender at this level.
Phillips started the season with five goals in the first 14 league games. He has failed to score since October and unfortunately I struggle to see what he offers. For me, he is often a yard off the pace and his 11 yellow cards prove this. The 22-year old midfielder likes to push high up the field in games leaving the centre of midfield very open. He just doesn’t quite have the ability to be a part of a promotion pushing side.