A look at the winners.
The Leeds United Player of the Year Awards 2020 have taken place and we can now reveal the winners.
It was a hugely memorable campaign for the Whites, who won the Sky Bet Championship title and earned a return to the Premier League for the
Pablo Hernandez picked up the Player of the Year Award for a third straight year, becoming the first player in the club’s history to do so.
The Spain midfielder played a crucial role during the campaign, making 36 appearances, scoring nine goals and providing nine assists.
He also scored arguably the most decisive goal of the campaign, which put Leeds United on course to win the Sky Bet Championship title, with a last gasp winner against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium in July.
Speaking about the accolade Hernandez said: “It’s amazing. This year is very special for everybody and I think this year all of the players deserve this award. For me it is very special to win this award, but everyone has played amazing football this season and without them it would be impossible for me to get this.”
The Players’ Player of the Year Award, as voted for by the first-team squad at Elland Road was Northern Ireland international Stuart Dallas.
The full-back made 46 appearances in all competitions for the Whites, netting five goals and helping the club keep 22 clean sheets in the Championship.
On winning, Dallas said: “I didn’t expect this, you say it’s the one everybody want to win, but for me it’s not about that. Without my teammates none of this would be possible, it’s a team game and what we’ve achieved this year is unbelievable and this is for everybody, not just me.”
Leeds United’s Young Player of the Year Award went to defender Ben White.
The 22-year-old was one of the signings of the season, after joining the club on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion.
He played in every single game as the club won the Sky Bet Championship title and, like Dallas, helped Leeds keep 22 clean sheets in the league.
On the Young Player of the Year Award, White added: “I came here not thinking I was going to be a massive part of the team and I’ve come here and played every single game which I didn’t think was going to happen, so I’m so grateful for what has happened this year.”
Leeds United Women’s star Olivia Smart picked up the infamous Bobby Collins Award, each year dedicated to a member of the Leeds United family who has made a significant contribution at the club and wider community.
Olivia has been working on the NHS front-line throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, making a real difference to the people of Leeds, alongside her role with Leeds United Women.
On the award, Smart said: “This year has been a bizarre year for everyone and first-hand I have seen the worst bits of it, but Leeds United has bought something good out of it.”
Luke Ayling saw his fantastic volley against Huddersfield Town was voted the Goal of the Season, Rebecca Hunt won the Women’s Player of the Year and Robbie Gotts was named the Academy Player of the Year.
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