By Craig Scott

11th May, 2022 | 9:24pm

Daniel James shocker as Lewis Bate shines: Leeds United player ratings v Chelsea

Leeds United have just two matches to earn Premier League survival after being beaten 3-0 by Chelsea at Elland Road on Wednesday night (11 May).

Mason Mount’s early stunner was followed up by Daniel James being shown a straight red card in the 24th minute for a bad challenge on Mateo Kovacic.

Christian Pulisic and Romelu Lukaku rounded off Chelsea’s routine victory in the second half.

Jesse Marsch’s men remain 18th with a terrible goal difference compared to 17th-placed Burnley, who have the same number of points and three games to play.

Here, MOT Leeds News rates the Leeds United players for their performances:

Illan Meslier – 4

Meslier will be frustrated that he couldn’t stop Mount’s early goal as it went into his side of the net. However, he cannot be blamed for the two other goals.

Diego Llorente – 3

Llorente’s defending leaves us scratching our heads a lot. The Spain international has been so disappointing this season. Have the injuries caught up on him? There’s no excuse for losing the ball the way he did for Lukaku’s goal.

Robin Koch – 4

It was as though Koch wasn’t there at times in Leeds’ defence. And that was the case late on when he ended up on the right-wing and then up front. Marsch has lost the plot.

Liam Cooper – 4

We all thought the defence would look better with Cooper back from injury. But even with him being joined by three other centre-backs in the side, there was little he could do.

Pascal Struijk – 3

Struijk won’t look out of place at Leeds next season in the Championship. And yes, that’s a criticism. Struijk’s got worse as the season has gone on and was hapless against Chelsea.

Lewis Bate – 6

On his first Premier League start, we have to say that Bate impressed us. The 19-year-old, known as the ‘Sidcup Seedorf’ got stuck in and didn’t really look out of place. There was a lot more effort from him than some of his teammates. Leeds’ man of the match.

Kalvin Phillips – 3

Phillips might not be as fit as we’d want him to be but there’s no excuse for him to show the lack of effort he showed against Chelsea. Did anyone else see him just strolling around when Pulisic scored Chelsea’s second? He simply gave up. We hate bashing Phillips but that was not what we expect from a boyhood Leeds fan.

Jack Harrison – 4

Harrison looked like he suffered a knock early on and was eventually substituted off in the first half. He did little of note other than trudging off with an injury. With James suspended, Harrison being injured would be ridiculously bad luck.

Rodrigo – 4

It’s time to give up on Rodrigo. He wasn’t great last season and has struggled to show any kind of consistency this season. Is he a striker? Is he an attacking midfielder? Who knows? Either way, he’s not good enough.

Raphinha – 4

Raphinha cut a frustrated figure most of the night. At least he didn’t play all the game as the right-sided wing-back but he was rather ineffective and chose to be greedy instead of passing to Rodrigo when Leeds had a decent counter-attacking chance.

Daniel James – 2

What was going through James’ head when he made that challenge on Kovacic? Annoyingly, the Welshman looked rather bright in the opening 20 minutes or so. He was hassling and harrying the Chelsea defenders. The ex-Manchester United winger took it too far though with that reckless and dangerous challenge. A blatant red card.


Junior Firpo (on for Harrison, 37′) – 5

Mateusz Klich (on for Bate, 59′) – 5

Joe Gelhardt (on for Raphinha, 78′) – N/A

In other Leeds United news, Stan Collymore has slaughtered the Leeds board over a behind-the-scenes decision at Elland Road.