Overall it was a solid performance, the first half was a continuation of the previous two games, followed by a below average second half but getting through was all that mattered tonight.
Jamal Blackman – 6 – I wanted Blackman to put in a perfect performance tonight and become our number one, but there were some rusty moments which will be there after not playing for a long time. I’d expect BPF to keep his place for Saturday.
Into the defence…
Jamie Shackleton – 7 – Shackleton played extremely well out of position, you can tell he’s not a natural right-back but he got forward extremely well and held his own in defence.
Pontus Jansson – 6 – Jansson was one of the more sloppy players tonight, he did sharpen up in the second half when Leeds needed him most but I’d be surprised if he earned himself a place in the team to play Rotherham.
Luke Ayling – 7 – Solid performance from Ayling tonight, although it was quite surprising he didn’t get rested as he’s arguably our most important player.
Tom Pearce – 6 – Pearce didn’t look at his best tonight for me, maybe that’s because after two games of Barry Douglas nothing will ever be the same again, still got a bright future ahead of him.
Into the midfield…
Kalvin Phillips – 9 – He came extremely close to a 10 tonight, he absolutely dominated the midfield, breaking up any attacks that came near him and spraying the ball over the pitch. A joy to watch.
Lewis Baker – 7 – Baker looked solid but unspectacular to me, he did a lot of hard work and he was brilliant in the buildup to our second goal to be fair, showing great pace.
Samu Saiz – 9 – Samu absolutely ran the show, first half in particular, he must be the best in the world after Messi at getting the ball on the turn and sprinting away from players. Took his second goal extremely well.
Into the attack…
Jack Harrison – 6 – The guy clearly has talent, he came close with a few curling shots, he just lacked any end-product tonight. He’s definitely a good option to have in the squad though and will only improve.
Tyler Roberts – 4 – Roberts was the only player who really disappointed me tonight, he seemed massively lacking in all areas but in his defence he is more of a central striker.
Patrick Bamford – 7 – Took his goal brilliantly but will need to hold the ball up better than he did in the second half.
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