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Five candidates for Leeds United's player of the season award

A look at who should be considered for Leeds United's player of the year award.

Leeds United confirmed via their Twitter account this week that this year's Player of the Year shortlist will be announced in this weekend's match programme.

The team are in 15th position and it has not been an outstanding season for the club, or for individual brilliance, with consistency more likely to be rewarded.

Last year's winner Alex Mowatt has been a particular disappointment this campaign and is not expected to be in the running.

Here is a look at five potential candidates to land the award... 

Charlie Taylor

Charlie Taylor is the cover star of the programme for the Reading match, and that is no coincidence. He was excellent last week against Burnley, and has performed strongly throughout the season, nailing down a place as the team's first choice left-back. He would be a tough player for Leeds to replace and few could begrudge the 22-year-old the honour.

Lewis Cook

Lewis Cook was overshadowed by Alex Mowatt last season, but not this time. He has once again been outstanding in midfield, putting in performances belying his age of 19. If he does not win this award, then he is likely to win goal of the season for his incredible 40-yard effort against Fulham.

Gaetano Berardi

Gaetano Berardi could be a dead certainty for this award had he not missed two months of action through injury. He has been a rock at right-back throughout the season, and put his body on the line on a number of occasions, battling through the knocks he has taken during matches. His commitment makes him a firm favourite among fans.

Stuart Dallas

The Northern Irish winger is one of last season's signings who did work out. The 24-year-old has four goals and five assists since his summer move from Brentford, and is expected to be a key player next season. His impressive double against Birmingham in the week puts his contribution fresh in the memory.

Liam Bridcutt

It would be an odd development for a loan player to win Leeds' Player of the Year award, but it is hard to say Liam Bridcutt does not merit consideration. He has been impressive in central midfield since joining in November, and Leeds hope to sign him permanently in the summer. 

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