Another season of ups and downs, highs and lows, heroes and villains for Leeds United AFC all boils down to 90 minutes of football in front of a packed Elland Road on Saturday.

Whatever the result, it’s certainly been one of the most eventful seasons in recent history. With Leeds United leading by a clear and seemingly unsurpassable margin at the New Year, a historic win over Manchester United proved to be a climax we’d struggle to recover from. Since then, the downs have often outweighed the ups but we kept fighting, and our players gradually recovered to give themselves one last chance at Championship football next season.

Ahead of this Saturday’s clash against Bristol, I’ve narrowed down a list of contenders for the TSS player of the season 2009/10 which you’ll find below. The accompanying poll will run until midday on Sunday.

Please note: All appearances and goal statistics are for League games only as shown on the Official Leeds United site.

Max Gradel

Appearances 10 (+ 21 as sub). Goals 6

Often consigned to the role of super-sub, Max Gradel came in on loan from Leicester City and instantly won the hearts and minds of Leeds United fans with his eagerness, determination and never-say-die attitude. Whilst his emotions can sometimes get the better of him and he’s often a target for card-happy referee’s, Gradel’s enthusiasm and hard-work have often turned stale-mate games into wins for the Whites. More recently, Max Gradel has proved to be just as much of an asset in the starting XI as he is from the subs bench.

Patrick Kisnorbo

Appearances 29. Goals 1

Another former Leicester City player, often described as Simon Grayson’s best signing to date, Patrick Kisnorbo came in and instantly plugged the holes in Leeds United’s defence. It’s no coincidence that Leeds’ defensive record was the best in League One for much of the season, but has suffered considerably since the Australian’s injury. Paddy’s fearless, determined attitude made him a big hit amongst the fans – an attitude personified by the bandage he wore around his head, marking an injury received early season that went untreated so the Aussie could play. Kis’ season and World Cup dreams were cruelly ended through injury, but the centre-back has refused to dwell on what could have been and made the trip to every game since with the squad.

Robert Snodgrass

Appearances 40 (+3 as sub). Goals 7

One of the most regular fixtures in the starting XI is that of the young Scot, Robert Snodgrass. Sometimes a lone creative force in the Leeds United midfield, Snoddy always gives 110% and never lets his head drop, even when things are going disastrously wrong for the Whites. Some impressive performances against Premier League opposition made Snodgrass a target for much transfer speculation, but Snoddy dismissed the speculation telling fans how he loves playing for a big club like Leeds United and wants to follow in the footsteps of other Scottish greats such as Eddie Gray and Billy Bremner. Undoubtedly has the potential to ply his trade at a higher level. Hopefully Leeds United can accommodate his wish.

Luciano Becchio

Appearances 31 (+5 as sub). Goals 15

A great season for Luciano and a much improved goal average on 2008/09. His hard-working, physical style of play has made him a bit of a cult hero with a fanbase desperate for something similar in midfield. Luci is another player who rarely lets his head drop and gives everything for the team. His holding play is essential and the fifteen goals he has scored fail to tell the whole story of his contribution to the Whites cause. Luci can just as often be found scrapping it out in defence and midfield trying to create something for the team as he can upfront trying to score. It’s the sheer amount of effort and hard-work he always gives that makes Becchio a candidate on this poll.

Jermaine Beckford

Appearances 37 (+4 as sub). Goals 24

Sometimes lazy, often controversial, always a threat and never boring! The enigma that is Jermaine Beckford has covered more column inches on TSS this season than the rest of the team combined. The January transfer saga he was involved with, the goal that knocked Manchester United out of the FA Cup, sticking a finger up to some disgruntled fan in the stands etc… etc… It’s all in a seasons work for our deadliest goal-scorer, Jermaine Beckford. Love him or loathe him, Jermaine’s goals propelled us to the top of League One and are a big contributing factor in this seasons promotion push. Destined to leave at the end of this season, you have to wonder who we’ll bring in to fill the void left by one of the clubs most talked about players ever.

Preferred Quarter Final opponents?

  • Arsenal (1%, 12 Votes)
  • Aston Villa (3%, 26 Votes)
  • Bradford City (53%, 429 Votes)
  • Chelsea (7%, 56 Votes)
  • Liverpool (2%, 17 Votes)
  • Manchester United (6%, 52 Votes)
  • Middlesbrough (1%, 9 Votes)
  • Norwich City (25%, 205 Votes)
  • Swansea City (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Tottenham Hotspur (0%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 817

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  • LUFC-mac

    No debate needed this year.
    Can only be 1 player.

    PADDY

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  • Si

    agreed 100%

  • john83

    Hughes. If he scores on saturday.

  • TheReaper08

    Two complaints, why only league goals ?

    And more importantly despite polling 12 votes in the who should be Captain debate, where is the legend that is ANDREW HUGHES ? Just so I can help with the stats. 39 league appearances and 0 goals.

    • TSS

      I reckon I’d probably lose half my visitors if I included Hughes in this! I don’t know why I only included League stats, but these things often do and they’re easier to find.

      • TheReaper08

        I am surprised at you using a media tool of the devil himself to compile your statistics. Have you been to soccerbase.com before ? It’s excellent and stores years of player and team stats.

        On another note I don’t think you would lose any visitors as having Max Gradel up there is just as funny, that is except that Mr Hughes attitude is exemplary and typifies everything a fan wants to see in a player (except perhaps ability !).

        • TSS

          I decided I wanted five candidates and Max beat Howson (inconsistency) and Higgs (injury) to the last slot. Besides, I think Max has won us a lot of games this year.

          • TheReaper08

            Fair enough, I know how much you like Mad Max from your own failed campaign on the Captain debate.

            I presume you are the token one vote he has received as well.

          • TSS

            No, I haven’t actually voted. I’m torn between Becks and Kis.

  • TheReaper08

    I actually voted for Paddy as he was immense whilst playing for us. Even after the bitter bitter disappointment of missing the end of the season and the World cup he is still attaneding games and supporting the team.

    A lesser man may have crawled under a rock and cried.

  • Timothy Wilson

    Torn between Becks an Paddy but as a former forward I’m biased, so Becks it is.

    • TheReaper08

      You glamour players all stick together !

      • Timothy Wilson

        :)

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  • Craig

    I voted Paddy but Becchio was a close second.

  • Benjamin Bunny

    Paddy all the way!
    I agree with Reaper about Hughes, but from my opinion he wouldn’t be anywhere near Paddy.

  • Matt

    Anyone that votes for someone other than Paddy should be tortured until dead. Agreed?

    • LUFC-mac

      Totally agreed.
      Why are people talking about Hughes?????

  • Mark R

    It’s been a tortuous season already Matt !

    No doubt Paddy has been head and shoulders above the rest of our inconsistent defence.

    However…….A 30 goal contribution from Beckford this season , including the winner vs. Man U in a magnificent team performance – from a team in the 3rd tier of English football against the runners up of the Champions League …AND … AND …. a last minute penalty vs. Spurs away in FA Cup……Outstanding performances and memories.

    Becks may not be everybody’s cup of tea …BUT .. he’s made a massively significant contribution this year. Yes he’s had his tantrums and with some more composure could have perhaps scored more … BUT 30 goals in one season … take those away and where would we be ?

    Goals win games .

    I voted Beckford and salute Paddy .

    MOT

  • Ross

    Has to be Paddy no querstion the defence with him in it looked organised and solid and capable of keeping a clean sheet. His performances gave confidence to the whole team and especially the defence. Without him we have kept only 3 clean sheets… and the defence has looked to be blunt hopeless.

    You’ll never beat Kisnorbo!

    Ross

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