Why next season is vital for Leeds United player Chris Dawson

Elland Road pitchside

One of Leeds United's bright young things must do enough to earn a new contract over the next 12 months.

With Uwe Rosler now in charge at Leeds United, the club’s players will know this pre-season is vital in making sure they impress the new manager and subsequently earn a place in the first-team squad.

But one young player may have more reason than most to ensure he stands out from the crowd from day one.

Chris Dawson is regarded as one of the brightest young prospects at Elland Road, but despite his talent the 20-year-old has failed to hold down a regular starting spot in the senior side thus far, appearing just three times last season and only four times in total.

With just one year left on his current Leeds contract, Dawson will know how vital the next 12 months are, especially having seen some other talented prospects leaving the club this summer such as Aidy White and Alex Cairns.

There is still time for Dawson to prove he can follow in the footsteps of Sam Byram, Alex Mowatt et al and become a Leeds regular, but competition will be fierce, and potentially even more so once Rosler and owner Massimo Cellino have finished their summer recruitment drive.

It would be incredibly sad to see Dawson leave at the end of his current contract, but at the same time the Leeds youngster knows it is his job to make sure that does not happen, in every single training session and every single appearance, be that for the first-team or the under-21s.

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