Leeds United ran out as 3-1 winners against title-challengers Leicester City today, with Marcelo Bielsa’s men moving to within eight points of Champions League football.
Read that match report here.
Illan Meslier – 7
An impressive performance from the young ‘keeper with a number of very good saves and solid passing throughout the game. Had one delicious moment in which he sent Marc Albrighton for a hotdog with an impressive turn. Solid
Luke Ayling – 7
Could have perhaps done better for the Leicester goal but, beyond that point managed to keep Harvey Barnes firmly in the back pocket. Seemed to like the fact that he looked proper hard with that bandage on his head and his forward running was very effective.
Pascal Struijk – 8
What a season this has been for the former Ajax youth. Having moved into the first-team upon the season’s resumption at the end of the last campaign, the centre-back has gone from strength to strength. Playing on his weaker side today did not seem to phase him and he has a huge future ahead of him
Liam Cooper – 8
Nothing short of exceptional. Been a real leader over the past few weeks. Some important blocks and interceptions. Knows when to step out from the back and there was one particularly delicious challenge on Ayoze Perez with the game nearing its conclusion which showed exactly how much the team means to him.
Ezgjan Alioski – 7
Did fine. Was one of those rare performances from the North Macedonian where there isn’t that much to discuss. Managed his side well and stuck to his tasks with admirable grit. Did get spun around once or twice but knew when to take down his opponent to prevent a counter-attack.
Kalvin Phillips – 8
Doing what Phillips did to James Maddison today is not easy at all. The attacking midfielder barely had a chance to touch the ball, never mind dictate the play. When Leicester changed their tactics, Phillips was moved into a free-er role, allowed to play a bit further forward to apply extra pressure on the three opposition defenders whilst Dallas picked up Maddison. Phillips did this excellently too. He’s continuing to show his ability at this level.
Raphinha – 7
He’s right on the border of an eight. The assist for Bamford was lovely. Perfectly weighted and an excellent spot in the first place. Just didn’t see that much of him today. Did his defensive diligence well and is ever-improving in that sense.
Stuart Dallas – 8
Exceptional. That’s all that needs to be said about him. Did his job at both ends of the pitch. Took his goal brilliantly, kept Maddison quiet in the second period. His relationship and understanding with Raphinha is a nice result of Dallas’ spell at right-back. Complete performance from the Northern Irishman.
Rodrigo – 6
Seemed sprightly in the opening exchanges. Strung a few nice passes together and seemed threatening before he went off. Will hope that it isn’t a long layoff.
Jack Harrison – 8
Seems to be consistently improving at this level. Pressuring of the ball was relentless. Was great on the ball as well. Deserved his goal with the effort that he had put in at both ends of the pitch. Maybe an outside shout for Leeds’ player of the season so far.
Patrick Bamford – 9
He’s had a game or two off the pace, made up for it today. His pressing was top tier, didn’t hesitate to track back when he needed to. The first assist for Dallas was perfectly weighted. His goal couldn’t have been taken any better if it had fallen to Cristiano Ronaldo and the unselfishness to square the ball for the final goal was a testament to him as a teammate. Heroic.
Mateusz Klich – 7
First half was unbelievable with the ball at the feet, had to be more focused defensively in the second and did both jobs impressively well. A strong turn-out and he’ll be hoping to retain the role against Everton midweek.
Helder Costa – 6
Did well without writing any headlines. Pressed nicely and put a few nice passes about the place.