After Leeds eventually came to life and secured a 0-2 win against Barnsley at Oakwell to fire them to the top of the league once more, it’s time to reflect on who excelled for Leeds and what implications this may have for team selections in the future. Without further ado, here are our top 3 performers from yesterday:
Kiko Casilla: With Barnsley employing a high press and a high intensity mode of play, it gave the Leeds defence a workout different to what they have encountered so far this season. Kiko received a lot of attention therefore as Barnsley’s attackers were intent on exercising him and the pace of ex-Leeds youngster Mallik Wilks often meant he broke free in the box.
Barnsley managed 11 shots inside the box, which far surpasses any opponent Leeds have played so far this season. Of these, Kiko saved 6 with the rest not hitting the target.
Kalvin Phillips: Kalvin, as per usual, had a solid game. His task was made harder by the absence of Adam Forshaw who regularly controls the tempo and rhythm of the game. With a more inexperienced but still impressive Jamie Shackleton ahead of him, Kalvin tended to stick to slightly deeper positions. Despite this, he still managed to win 3 of 3 aerial duels and made 4 successful tackles. Further, his set pieces have become a good asset of the team, the highlight being the assist for Nketiah’s goal.
Eddie Nketiah: Eddie displayed a natural strikers instint upon his introduction. On the goal, he smartly shifted his weight from left to right meaning he delayed his run ever so slightly which gave him ample space to convert Kalvin’s free kick. In another instance, he showed a hand to receive a cross field ball from Pablo, then angled his run perfectly from out wide inwards to ensure upon receiving the ball he was a good distance away from any Barnsley defender.