Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford has named the four members of the club’s current squad he believes could be considered to win the club’s Player of the Year award this season.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side have enjoyed a hugely impressive campaign so far, and currently sit top of the Championship standings, seven points clear of third-placed Fulham with nine games still to be played at some point.
But which members of the squad have stood out even among their group of promotion-chasing players?
That question was put to Bamford by Leeds Live, with the striker responding by saying: “For me, I reckon I’d say there are four players.
“Stuart (Dallas) last year he wasn’t really a mainstay in the team, he was in and out because he is so versatile he kept switching positions. This year, he’s made left-back his own position and he also slotted in centre midfield which if you asked him, he’d say he never thought he’d ever play there.
“Ben (White) was an unknown quantity. I certainly didn’t know about him before he came. He’s going to be very good as well.
“Kalvin, everyone knew about him, he’s Mr Reliable. Sometimes I think he can fly into the odd crunching tackle which I’m sure the fans love but for 99% of the game, he gives an eight out of 10 performance.
“Alongside them, I would say Jack Harrison. Look at him last year to this year, you could see he had the quality with the odd bits and bobs and had the potential. This year, he looks like a different player for me. He’s confident, he’s having more of an end result, more reliable for what will come. It will either be a good cross or a shot. Last year that wasn’t the case. I think he’s up there as well.”
All four players have had key roles to play for the club this season.
Dallas has filled in for Leeds in a number of positions when needed, as has Brighton loanee White, whose performances have seen him linked with a move to Liverpool, while Harrison has five goals and provided seven assists in his second season-long loan spell from Manchester City.
That trio of players have all featured in every one 37 league games for Leeds this season, with Phillips making 31 Championship appearances this season, with his performances leading to speculation about a possible call-up for England in the near future.
I think Bamford may be rather accurate with his nominations here.
Phillips, Dallas and White are all obvious choices following outstanding seasons so far, with the contributions of the latter two made even more impressive by the fact that they perhaps were not expected to be so significant.
Harrison meanwhile may not be one but springs to mind, but it is worth noting as Bamford has the improvement he has made from last season, which, along with his ability to continue to get the job done without attracting too much attention, has made him an increasingly important figure in this team.