The five Leeds United players who will be disappointed with their 2015/16 season

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Under Uwe Rosler and then Steve Evans, the Whites have endured a mixed season in the Championship.

With Leeds now preparing for their seventh consecutive season in the Championship, and 12th outside of the top flight, it is safe to say that few United fans will look back on the 2015-16 campaign with a huge amount of fondness.

From a managerial perspective, it was the same old story for the Whites as Uwe Rosler's tenure was given little time before the German was replaced by Steve Evans. And while the final day reception suggested that Evans had won the supporters over, speculation persists that his days at Elland Road are numbered.

On the pitch, Leeds' campaign has been mixed to say the least. Only briefly were the play-offs mentioned as a potential destination while the relegation zone seemed to be lurking just over the squad's shoulder on a few occasions.

But following a safe mid-table finish, here is a look at the five players that will struggle to reflect on their personal form positively.

Scott Wootton

The defender has played his final game for the Whites after it was confirmed that he would not be offered a new deal this summer. Had his contract still had time to run however, it seems incredibly unlikely that the manager would have stood in his way had an exit been on the cards.

The utility man was initially useful to have in the squad based on his ability to play anywhere across the back four or in a holding midfield role, but only found himself at right-back this past season. 

His frequent mistakes - including a hugely embarrassing own goal in the FA Cup defeat to Watford - made it impossible for Evans to select him while the likes of Sam Byram, Gaetano Berardi and Lewie Coyle were available, making a summer exit the best move for both the club and the player, who can make a fresh start elsewhere.

Alex Mowatt

When United supporters were predicting at the start of the season which players would be instrumental to helping the club mount any kind of promotion charge, Alex Mowatt would have undoubtedly been near the top of the list.

And while his stunning strike against Cardiff ended Leeds' long wait for a win at Elland Road back in November, and he followed it up with perhaps an even better goal against Huddersfield later that same week, he was unable to make the same kind of impact that he has made in previous seasons.

On his day, the midfielder has the ability to be one of the best players in the division. However, he was not able to show it anywhere near often enough this term, so will be hoping to demonstrate what Leeds fans know he is capable of next season.

Giuseppe Bellusci

The most frustrating thing about Giuseppe Bellusci is undoubtedly the fact that he can enjoy a match-winning performance one week, and look completely out of his depth the next. When the Italian is playing well, he acts as an inspiration, winning tackles and playing the ball with such composure that it calms the rest of the team down. 

However, those performances tend to make the centre-back complacent and suddenly, he is losing the ball in the worst places and making mistakes which often result in goals being conceded.

His performance against Middlesbrough in September was perhaps his lowest moment as it was his mistake that allowed Boro to open the scoring before he then put the ball through his own net to double their lead. 

If Bellusci can discover some consistency, then he has the potential to play at the highest level. But while some of his performances have been exceptional this past term, the inability to rely on him will put the manager in an extremely difficult position.

Sol Bamba

Like Bellusci, when Sol Bamba is at his best, he has the ability and the presence to lead Leeds into the promotion picture. However, he has been guilty of several costly mistakes this past season.

Also like his centre-back partner, it was an error at Middlesbrough that perhaps summed up his campaign as he slipped while under no pressure at all, which allowed Diego Fabbrini to complete the 3-0 rout. 

As the captain, he should be the most reliable member of the squad. And if he can add that to his game, Leeds will certainly be heading on the right path.

Souleymane Doukara

When Souleymane Doukara was brought on during the early stages of Leeds' clash with Wolves in December, it is fair to say that the striker changed the game and was the main reason that United were able to get onto the front foot and ultimately win the clash.

However, that kind of performance has been a rarity from the forward, as have goals. The 24-year-old has scored just three times this term, and has given few indications that suggest that he has the ability to be Chris Wood's first understudy next season now that Mirco Antenucci has left.

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