By Craig Scott

30th Aug, 2022 | 9:53pm

Leeds United fought back from behind to draw 1-1 against Everton at Elland Road on Tuesday night as Luis Sinisterra grabbed his first Premier League goal.

Anthony Gordon made the most of some terrible defending in the 17th minute to score his second goal of the campaign.

Leeds struggled throughout the opening 45 minutes but looked a different team after the break and with Brenden Aaronson pulling the strings, Colombia winger Sinisterra was able to tuck a long-range effort into the bottom corner to earn the Whites a point.

Here, MOT Leeds News rates the players out of 10 for their displays against the Toffees:

llan Meslier – 5

Meslier could not have done a lot about the goal and it was good to see him show he couldn’t be bullied when Tom Davies tried to kick the ball out of his hands. Other than that, he was sloppy a bit at one point and a late Nathan Patterson effort was aimed straight at him.

Rasmus Kristensen – 6

Kristensen wasn’t blameless in Gordon’s goal and did seem to struggle in the opening 45 minutes. He looked a lot better after the break though and gave the Chelsea-linked Everton winger a real tough time on that side of the pitch.

Robin Koch – 5

Koch’s performance wasn’t much better than Llorente’s. His poor position played a role in Gordon’s goal in the first half and he should really have done better against an Everton attack that featured no strikers.

Diego Llorente – 4

It was a really messy performance by Llorente. He was mainly to blame for Gordon’s goal when he got caught out of position before muddling his feet up as he tried to make a clearance. It led to Llorente jumping over Alex Iwobi’s pass through to Gordon to score. He struggled all night and was booked in the second half for a silly foul caused by him being caught too high up the pitch.

Pascal Struijk – 6

It was another pretty solid left-back performance by Struijk. Going forward, it’s clear that he’s no left-back as he might as well stay back and form a fluid back-three. That could help us stay more rigid when we need to be and save Struijk going into an area of the pitch where he’s kind of useless.

Tyler Adams – 6

Adams had a fairly solid performance in the middle of the park. Some of his passes were decent and he did look better – like everyone else – in the second half.

Marc Roca – 5

Roca didn’t cover himself in glory against Everton. His lack of pace was massively exposed when he lost Gordon for his first-half goal. If you have a chance to watch the goal again, keep an eye on Roca as it looks like he’s running through mud with flippers on.

Luis Sinisterra – 8

Sinisterra’s full Premier League debut was a memorable one with the Colombian international also scoring his first goal in England’s top-flight. While there was an element of fortune about the goal due to Jordan Pickford’s poor goalkeeping, it was still a very accurate strike by the former Feyenoord winger. Almost everything good that happened in the attack came through Sinisterra when he was on the pitch.

Brenden Aaronson – 8 (Man of the match)

Aaronson had a quiet first half but still showed glimpses of quality. After the break, he was unstoppable. The USA international assisted Sinsiterra’s goal and ran the show in the attack with his dribbling and passing ability. Aaronson’s press also caused big issues for Everton’s players when they were on the ball. It was a top performance by the former Salzburg ace.

Jack Harrison – 6

Harrison should have scored in the second half but the ball did come at him very fast and he probably didn’t anticipate it. It just wasn’t as good a performance by Harrison as we’d expect lately but he still managed to cause some issues after the hour mark after a sloppy 60 minutes.

Rodrigo – 6

Rodrigo was forced off early on after what looked like a very painful shoulder injury. It did look as though it could be a dislocation and we can only pray that he isn’t out for too long. He almost scored not long before his injury and showed great movement for his time on the pitch. Leeds have no choice but to sign a new striker now, surely?


Joe Gelhardt (on for Rodrigo, ’31) – 7

Gelhardt picked up where Rodrigo left off and played brilliantly in the attack. His movement helped Sinisterra’s goal and if it wasn’t for Pickford, he’d have got a goal.

Mateusz Klich (on for Sinisterra, ’64) – 5

Patrick Bamford (on for Gelhardt, ’76) – 6

Daniel James (on for Aaronson, ’76) – 5

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