Who is Leeds United's most disappointing player this season?

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As the end of a tough season approaches the accolades are being dished out, but at the other end of the scale, who has disappointed the most?

Few fans disagreed with the wholesale squad re-shaping that president Massimo Cellino sanctioned in the summer of 2014, as another batch of dead wood was shipped out and 15 players were procured, largely from the Italian market.

While most of the signings were unknown to fans focussed on the Sky Bet Championship, some certainly had decent credentials and prompted a flurry of anticipation as fans eagerly sought opinion on the new arrivals. A rollercoaster campaign has also featured some more established squad members at the club, and while some have been re-born under head coach Neil Redfearn, others have left Leeds fans distinctly underwhelmed.

So which players have disappointed this season?

Tommaso Bianchi

The 26-year-old midfielder who signed from Sassuolo was a mainstay of the Leeds midfield in the first half of the season making 24 appearances, but some eye-catching touches faded as the difficult Autumn months highlighted the flaws in Leeds' diamond formation. When Leeds played well Bianchi's deft touch and eye for a pass were at the fore, but likewise, when he was anonymous Leeds were brushed aside too easily. Come 2015 and Redfearn finally sought some steel in his midfield and Luke Murphy and Rodolph Austin came in to provide Championship nous and more balance to the side. Leeds' upturn in form coincided with a knee injury Bianchi suffered at Reading, but whether he would have featured, or indeed will again to any great degree, is open to question.

Casper Sloth

All Leeds fans knew about the 23-year-old midfielder when he signed was that he had been booked for fouling David Beckham when playing for Denmark against England at Wembley. They still don't know much about him now as his ineffective performances have so often contributed little to Leeds' overall game plan. Cementing a place in the side has been difficult for Sloth, even when others weren't performing any better, and it is hard to criticise him on just seven starts and six appearances from the bench. Maybe a full pre-season and this year's experience will help Sloth affect games more next season, but it is hard to see a place for him in the first eleven.

Adryan

The arrival of supposed Brazilian wonderkid Adryan was heralded like the second coming and after months of delicate negotiation and catching up on fitness, his eventual introduction from the bench at Rotherham produced the spark that everybody had hoped for. Sadly, despite the odd flash of brilliance, Adryan has largely disappointed and has done little to materially affect games and justify the £3 million it would take to secure his services permanently in the summer. Adryan is still only 20-years-old and has time to acclimatise further, but whether the Championship is his ideal platform is open to question. He has the work rate and attitude, but his stature and general game does not sit well in the battlefields of England's second tier. Ultimately, Leeds fans must trust Neil Redfearn in his decision to largely exclude Adryan from the side's remarkable 2015 renaissance.    

Billy Sharp

It may seem harsh to label Sharp a disappointment but this is mainly based on the lone front role he has often been made to play, which doesn't appear to suit his style. Five goals from 15 starts ( and 11 appearances from the bench) is not a bad return, but I am sure Sharp himself would confess to being disappointed at how this season has gone for him personally. Obvious highlights are the late winner on his debut versus Middlesbrough and the injury time header that saw off Huddersfield in January. Other than that, Sharp has toiled admirably but has had little change with which to vindicate the ripple of excitement when a genuine Championship-class goal scorer was signed last August. Sadly, a victim of Leeds' successful formation. 

Steve Morison

Much has been written about the manner in which Morison has played the selfless lone front man role, and indeed he has been key to the pivotal formation change that has been so successful for Leeds. While this does not help Morison in his quest for goals, he has still missed some very presentable chances, and ultimately Leeds need to look for a striker who can lead the line up front, but can also offer a tangible goal threat.

Souleymane Doukara

The 23-year-old Frenchman signed from Catania started the season impressively, showing skill, strength and an eye for goal with four goals in his first six games. However, such form deserted him and his body language when introduced from the bench in recent games back up reports that he would be happy to leave the club in the summer. His sub appearances have been a contrast to those of fellow import Mirco Antenucci, and Doukara has failed to convince that he has the attitude or qualities for Championship football. Doukara is the kind of player that may always frustrate, but there is no doubt he has qualities that Leeds can use, the question is whether they can afford to try and coax those out again.

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