2011/12 Half Season Report – Full Backs TSS January 8, 2012 Leeds United 8 Comments 2. Paul Connolly Season so far: Inconsistent would be the word to sum up Paul Connolly thus far, making the opening day starting line-up that was thoroughly outclassed by Southampton. A spell out of the team followed after Tom Lees came on against Bradford City and made an instant impression on fans and manager alike. By the start of October however, Leeds were reshuffling the defence almost every game and Connolly re-emerged at right-back in a line-up that saw Tom Lees moved to his favoured centre back position. From thereon in, Connolly has been relatively consistent despite a couple of dodgy games where the entire defence has capitulated. Connolly tends to perform best when he’s played behind Robert Snodgrass, the recent injury of whom coincided with another dodgy patch of form for the right back. On a good day, Connolly can be a major asset to Leeds’ defence, but during a season where Leeds’ backline has suffered constant injury problems and lacked any kind of stability, Connolly’s form has been similarly inconsistent. Effort – C: Prone to the same dropped head syndrome our entire defence seem to be passing back and forth, but for the most part, his effort has been satisfactory. Performance – D: Too inconsistent to receive anything higher. Attendance – B: No injuries to speak of, although he has spent some time out of the team due to poor performance. Overall – C: The bad performances tend to overshadow the games where he’s been pretty solid, which is harsh since a lot of those poor performances have been the collective effort of the entire defence. In the right line-up, Paul is as reliable as anyone, but he’s also guilty of letting his head drop when things aren’t going to plan. Definitely room for improvement. 28. Aidy White Season so far: Young Aidan White has been on the fringes of first team selection for a couple of seasons now with injury putting end to any hopes in 2010/11 before he was loaned out to Oldham Athletic for the remainder of the campaign. With games under his belt, Aidy returned determined to kick on and make 2011/12 his season. 24 appearances so far and he’s done just that. Now considered Leeds United’s first choice left back, although he has been pushing for a spot further up the field since Robert Snodgrass was ruled out through injury. Effort – A: Everything you expect of a quality youngster, White has shown the kind of determined enthusiasm Leeds United fans love. Performance – B: Plenty of kinks still to work out, but White is improving game on game with bursting runs down the wing becoming somewhat of a signature. Attendance – A: No real injury problems to speak of, an ever-present in Simon Grayson’s team thus far and long may it continue. Overall – A-: If the second half of Aidy White’s season is anything close to the first, I suspect he’ll be in the running for an end of year award. And the rest…? That’s pretty much it really. Ben Parker is of course, injured – as is the norm. Tom Lees started at RB but is now considered a central defender and it’s the same story with Darren O’Dea and to a lesser extent Alex Bruce, who hasn’t featured enough to merit inclusion anyway.