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Leeds United 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Player ratings as Leeds dismantle Spurs at Elland Road

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Leeds United overcame Tottenham 3-1 at Elland Road with a commanding display at home to climb into the top half.

The Whites came into this clash knowing they would have to be better than their showing at Brighton last weekend.

Points mean little to Leeds in the grand scheme of things but Spurs know they need to win all their games to stand a chance of a top four finish.

It wasn’t to be for the visitors as Leeds put in a dominant display to win 3-1, thanks to goals from Stuart Dallas, Patrick Bamford, and Rodrigo.

Leeds now climb into ninth temporarily ahead of the weekend’s other games.

Here, we deliver our player ratings for the stylish win over Spurs…

Illan Meslier – 8

Dealt with what Spurs threw at him very well, but in truth there weren’t any clear-cut chances aside from the goal.

Assured performance once again.

Luke Ayling – 8

There was relatively zero threat down Tottenham’s left-wing and Ayling was largely responsible for that.

Didn’t get going in attack but who cares when he’s stopping this attack.

Diego Llorente – 8

Confident and composed when Spurs attacked, he barely put a foot wrong aside from being dragged out for the goal.

We look rock solid with him at the back.

Pascal Struijk – 8

Liam Cooper might not like it but it’s another commanding display from Struijk.

He had his body on the line and played some very neat passes out from the back. Very exciting times for him.

Gjanni Alioski – 9

His best performance this season.

He rendered Bale completely ineffective and was very dangerous in attack, teeing up Bamford in a brilliant move on the left.

Defensively, it was far, far better from Alioski. He might be frustrated with switching off for the goal but Spurs can do that to any team at any moment.

Robin Koch – 9

Arguably the best performer on the pitch, playing in Phillips’ role.

It’s the first time we’ve not particularly missed having Phillips out, because Koch was outstanding.

Showed for the ball, moved it around swiftly and effectively, and was strong in defence when needed.

Stuart Dallas – 8

Got his eighth goal of the season and perhaps the easiest but it was another really good day for Dallas.

Playing in two positions today, he still put in a great shift and showed he’s undroppable.

Tyler Roberts – 5

He picked up really good spaces in midfield as he always does, but his passing was not good enough.

So many times he’s in behind the Spurs midfield and not taking advantage with the final ball.

Mateusz Klich – 8

Back to his best.

Constantly dictated play in midfield finding areas where he could hurt Tottenham and if not for some good blocks, he’d have scored too.

Jack Harrison – 8

He set up the first goal with a superb cross and was lively all game.

What’s stopping him from ripping teams apart every week is that consistency of delivery when he arrives near the box.

Patrick Bamford – 8

He’s back amongst the goals, capping off a delightful move with a tap-in.

Linking up with the midfield, he caused a lot more problems this game and looked back to his best.


Raphinha – 8

Played on the left but still did the business.

Another assist to his tally when he kept onside and slotted to Rodrigo.

Rodrigo – 8

Perhaps a huge confidence-booster for Rodrigo getting a goal off the bench.

Took it very well when he slammed home past Lloris, and looked very dangerous up front.

Kalvin Phillips – N/a

Came on very late and was busy, but had virtually no chance to make an impact.

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Leeds United season ticket holder since 2013/14, currently situated in the middle of the FA5 noise. From Pablo Hernandez to 5-1 drubbings, I've seen it all at Elland Road.