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Kemar Roofe and Pontus Jansson have been Leeds’ best players in 2018

Kemar Roofe and Pontus Jansson have been Leeds’ best players in 2018

Leeds United have had a torrid time trying to get back to the Premier League, however, things certainly appear to be looking a lot better for the Whites.

With Marcelo Bielsa at the helm of the Elland Road outfit, there has been a growing confidence that 2019 could finally be the year that they make a return to the top-flight.

2018 is nearly over, and although the final half of the season could not have gone too much better, the first part of the year was a complete contrast to the good times currently being witnessed.

Thomas Christiansen was sacked and replaced by Paul Heckingbottom, who was subsequently replaced by Bielsa in the summer, who has definitely started to get the best out of the players he has available.

Two men were important to the way Leeds played over the course of 2018 and if they were to continue with their impressive performances, then 2019 could see Elland Road hosting Premier League fixtures.

Kemar Roofe

Kemar Roofe has been one man to have benefited from the change of management and has been in red-hot form for Bielsa this season.

The 25-year-old has hit eight goals in his 14 Championship appearances so far this season and looks on course to smashing last season’s tally of 14 that saw him crowned the club’s top goalscorer.

With Patrick Bamford having been signed in the summer but suffering a serious knee injury almost immediately, Roofe has had to take on the role of the club’s most senior attacker once again and has thrived with the opportunity.

With the injuries that have surrounded the club this season, including a spell where he was sidelined himself, Leeds will be looking for him to continue to kick on in 2019 and will want to see him produce some big numbers once again.

Pontus Jansson

Pontus Jansson has become a cult figure at Leeds since his arrival from Torino and it is not difficult to see why.

The Sweden international defender has earned his fan favourite status at Elland Road with his passion about the club and his desire to win promotion to the Premier League with the Whites.

Obviously, his performances have also gone some way into helping him receive positive support, where he has made some crucial tackles, as well as scoring some really important goals throughout the year.

He is another player who has not escaped injury, however, if he can remain fit and limit the absences, it will be expected that he plays a huge role in 2019 and finally get Leeds back to the promise land.

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