Definitely not the friendliest of friendlies, that’s for sure. A continuation of the games in Australia for the most part, some good, some not so good.

Kiko Casilla – 7 – Made a few good saves, can’t really blame him too much for the goal either.

Gaetano Berardi – 7 – Solid enough defensively but it shows how much we miss Ayling and even Dallas going forward.

Liam Cooper – 5 – Nowhere near for the goal and also lost his man in the second half for what should have been a winning goal.

Ben White – 8 – Very comfortable on the ball, definitely suits Bielsa’s style of play and system.

Leif Davis – 5 – A pretty poor performance overall from Davis, not that you could tell with Bielsa shouting “VERY GOOD” at him every two minutes. Sloppy on the ball and some poor decision-making.

Kalvin Phillips – 9 – Despite his red card that should never have been a red card, KP was MOTM for Leeds today. A great range of passing and vital interceptions. Unlucky not to score from range, too.

Adam Forshaw – 5 – Went missing for large parts of the game, we really miss a player like Saiz in the middle to drive the team forward at times.

Mateusz Klich – 7 – Some nice touches on the ball in and around the edge of the area, looks like he’ll be picking up where he left off last season.

Pablo Hernandez – 8 – Pablo was typical Pablo, a step ahead of the others for large parts of the game and a wonderfully taken penalty.

Helder Costa – 7 – Blistering pace and some dangerous balls into the box, he’ll be exciting to watch this season.

Patrick Bamford – 6 – Missed a couple of half chances which would have been nice for him to take leading into the season opener, some nice buildup play though.

Let us know what you thought of the game today!

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Just hope Bamford will find the net in the coming weeks. After that he will be ALL right and a massive asset for us. MOT

  2. Good performance overall.
    Pablo’s passing was poor. Leif Davis did OK, and everyone put a shift in.
    We were the better team, and Clarke missed a sitter.
    Marcelo was lively on the touchline!

  3. Re. your comments on Berra. You do realise that he was part of a back 3, don’t you? So what’s this nonsense about him not getting forward?

    Similarly for Davis, a 5? Really? Did you actually watch the match? Even if you did, watch it again. The ‘very good’ messages for Davis were aimed at those on the wing who weren’t following the plan. Davis was, making him look out of place because the others – Costa especially – were not following the game plan. Costa was not hooked for nothing!

    Finally, I thought you were a little generous with Forshaw. Did you not notice his ‘back pass’ from 30 yards that went out for a corner? If it had been on target, it could have been the shot of the match. Even when he tried to keep up, he got in the way. Time for him to be unloaded, but if that’s not possible, and he somehow has to play, let’s ban him form our half.

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