4 Players Who Need a Strong End to the Season to Secure Their Future at Leeds United

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Leeds United begin the last stretch of their Championship campaign in 12th place, and just eight points off the play-offs. Following a blistering start to the season, United looked odds on to finish inside the play-offs and the long-awaited return to the Premier League appeared to be coming to an end. Nevertheless, for many fans, that gap now seems unreachable and, after a dismal run of form which has seen the Whites win just one of their last 13 games, a mid-table finish would be seen as a...

<p>Felix Wiedwald only joined Leeds last summer, but the German stopper looks certain to leave this summer following a torrid first season. </p> <br><p>Following Rob Green's departure to <a href="http://www.90min.com/teams/huddersfield?view_source=incontent_links&view_medium=incontent" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Huddersfield" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Huddersfield</a> in August, the starting spot was entrusted to the former Werder Bremen man. From the off, the 27-year-old looked shaky between the sticks and has made a number of costly errors during his maiden campaign in Yorkshire. </p> <br><p>With only a quarter of the season remaining, Wiedwald hasn't improved and still looks nervous whenever a ball is looped into the box. His latest error came in Leeds' last defeat, when he failed to stop Patrick Bamford's speculative drive. </p> <br><p>Wiedwald is in need of some miraculous performances from hereon in, if he's to be playing for the <a href="http://www.90min.com/leagues/championship?view_source=incontent_links&view_medium=incontent" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Championship" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Championship</a> side next season. </p>
Felix Wiedwald

Felix Wiedwald only joined Leeds last summer, but the German stopper looks certain to leave this summer following a torrid first season.


Following Rob Green's departure to Huddersfield in August, the starting spot was entrusted to the former Werder Bremen man. From the off, the 27-year-old looked shaky between the sticks and has made a number of costly errors during his maiden campaign in Yorkshire.


With only a quarter of the season remaining, Wiedwald hasn't improved and still looks nervous whenever a ball is looped into the box. His latest error came in Leeds' last defeat, when he failed to stop Patrick Bamford's speculative drive.


Wiedwald is in need of some miraculous performances from hereon in, if he's to be playing for the Championship side next season.

<p>Eunan O'Kane signed for Leeds from <a href="http://www.90min.com/teams/bournemouth?view_source=incontent_links&view_medium=incontent" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Bournemouth" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Bournemouth</a> in 2016 and has made a total of 47 appearances since his move to Elland Road. </p> <br><p>The Republic of Ireland international has made 24 league appearances this season, but has struggled for any sort of form. O'Kane has failed to add much impetus to what has been a lacklustre midfield and has been heavily criticised for his wayward passing. </p> <br><p>The 27-year-old has also suffered from indiscipline this season, and was handed a three-game ban after needlessly head-butting <a href="http://www.90min.com/teams/ipswich?view_source=incontent_links&view_medium=incontent" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ipswich Town" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ipswich Town</a>'s Jonas Knudsen in January. </p>
Eunan O'Kane

Eunan O'Kane signed for Leeds from Bournemouth in 2016 and has made a total of 47 appearances since his move to Elland Road.


The Republic of Ireland international has made 24 league appearances this season, but has struggled for any sort of form. O'Kane has failed to add much impetus to what has been a lacklustre midfield and has been heavily criticised for his wayward passing.


The 27-year-old has also suffered from indiscipline this season, and was handed a three-game ban after needlessly head-butting Ipswich Town's Jonas Knudsen in January.

<p>Liam Cooper has made 104 appearances for Leeds since his move from League One side Chesterfield in 2014. </p> <br><p>The defender - who has made 27 league appearances this season - has struggled at the heart of Leeds' defence and has been let down on a number of occasions by some poor discipline. </p> <br><p>In April 2017 Cooper was handed a six game ban for a stamp on Reece Oxford. This season, the 26-year-old has faced two dismissals; the last of which resulted in a four-game ban.</p> <br><p>The hot headed centre-back will have to improve both his discipline and his performances if he's to be kept at Elland Road. </p>
Liam Cooper

Liam Cooper has made 104 appearances for Leeds since his move from League One side Chesterfield in 2014.


The defender - who has made 27 league appearances this season - has struggled at the heart of Leeds' defence and has been let down on a number of occasions by some poor discipline.


In April 2017 Cooper was handed a six game ban for a stamp on Reece Oxford. This season, the 26-year-old has faced two dismissals; the last of which resulted in a four-game ban.


The hot headed centre-back will have to improve both his discipline and his performances if he's to be kept at Elland Road.

<p>Sacko joined <a href="http://www.90min.com/teams/leeds?view_source=incontent_links&view_medium=incontent" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Leeds" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Leeds</a> on a permanent deal in the summer from Sporting CP, having showed promise in his previous loan spell. </p> <br><p>The 23-year-old enjoyed an inconsistent first season with Leeds. His bursting runs down the wings showed why he was tipped for big things, but his lack of final product also reminded fans why Sporting were willing to let him go. </p> <br><p>The winger, who has also been utilised as a striker, finished the season with just two goals and four assists in 42 appearances. This season, the former France Under-20 has scored just one goal in the 235 minutes of football he's played. </p> <br><p>Sako will have to prove that he's capable of delivering consistent performances or his career with Leeds could be cut short. </p>
Hadi Sacko

Sacko joined Leeds on a permanent deal in the summer from Sporting CP, having showed promise in his previous loan spell.


The 23-year-old enjoyed an inconsistent first season with Leeds. His bursting runs down the wings showed why he was tipped for big things, but his lack of final product also reminded fans why Sporting were willing to let him go.


The winger, who has also been utilised as a striker, finished the season with just two goals and four assists in 42 appearances. This season, the former France Under-20 has scored just one goal in the 235 minutes of football he's played.


Sako will have to prove that he's capable of delivering consistent performances or his career with Leeds could be cut short.

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