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22nd Dec, 2016 | 4:04pm

This man has made the difference: Three things we learned about Leeds in 2016

By Emma Sanders

As 2016 draws to a close, Football Insider takes a look at three things we learned from Leeds in the last 12 months.

The club made some fantastic signings

Leeds made a number of key signings throughout the year, including Kyle Bartley, Pontus Jansson, Kemar Roofe and Robert Green who have all become first team regulars. Chris Wood, who joined last summer, has also excelled in 2016 and is the current top goal-scorer. Bartley and Jansson have been particularly impressive, forming a formidable partnership at centre-back and could be the difference in Leeds’ pursuit of promotion.

Garry Monk has made the difference

It was a poor finish to the 2015-16 league campaign after Leeds settled for a 13th place finish in the Championship table. They needed a spark and since Monk took over in the summer, the team have improved massively. It wasn’t an easy start to the season and there were even rumours about the safety of Monk’s position, but he’s put that behind him now and can look forward to the second half of the season with real optimism. Leeds have climbed to 5th in the table and are serious contenders for a play-off place. Their recent victory against Reading was a clear sign of intent.

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Performances are inconsistent

The Whites had a fairly up and down season in 2015-16 and it started off much the same this season, until recent weeks. Leeds won five, lost four and drew one of their first 10 games this season and they have struggled to secure long periods of form throughout the last 12 months. Under Monk they have shown progression but there are still inconsistencies in the side and it may prove costly at the end of the season if Leeds fail to secure a play-off spot.

In other Leeds news, Monk delivered this Twitter messages ahead of the Boxing Day clash.