By Craig Scott

21st Nov, 2021 | 7:40pm

Leeds United player ratings v Tottenham

Leeds United were unlucky to lose 2-1 at the hands of Tottenham in North London on Sunday.

Marcelo Bielsa’s men impressed once again but walked away empty-handed despite taking the lead through Daniel James in the first half.

Pierre-Emile Hojberg and Sergio Reguillon both netted after the break for Antonio Conte to win his first Premier League match for Spurs.

Here, MOT Leeds News rates the Leeds players’ performances out of 10:

Illan Meslier – 4

Meslier’s a great prospect and we still have high hopes for the French goalkeeper. But, my word, he’s prone to the odd clanger. Meslier followed the ball out wide for no real reason prior to Hojberg’s goal. He was unlucky for the second but he needs to stamp these errors out of his game.

Stuart Dallas – 8

Excellent again by the Cookstown Cafu, who really does look the part when he plays at right-back. Dallas was strong both in and out of possession and made things tough for Spurs when they tried to get forward.

Diego Llorente – 6

Llorente’s performance have been dropping this season. We’re yet to really see the man who performed so well for us last season after his injury issues but he seems to be getting played with a new defensive partner each week.

Liam Cooper – 6

Cooper wasn’t really at his best in the second half. He wasn’t as had as he has been at times this season but the Scotland international needs to do better to prove to a lot of fans that he deserves his spot in the starting line-up.

Pascal Struijk – 7

Yet again, Struijk impressed in the left-back role. He recovered well from a knock in the first half to really impose himself on the Tottenham attackers.

Kalvin Phillips – 9 (Man of the match)

How did Phillips turn out on the losing team? He didn’t deserve that at all. Bielsa played the England international in his defence at Tottenham and he stood up the task well. According to WhoScored, Phillips completed four tackles and completed 84 per cent of his passes. Phillips is a real superstar.

Adam Forshaw – 5

From the dizzying heights of his performance against Leicester to what was quite a damp squib against Spurs. Forshaw did struggle in North London. We’re not going to slate him after how long he had out injured but Forshaw didn’t have the best of days and was rightly substituted off in the 71st minute.

Mateusz Klich – 7

Once Klich went off, it all kind of went to pot for Leeds United. Klich has not had the best of seasons but he performed well at Tottenham and it was noticeable after he was taken off in the 59th minute.

Daniel James – 7

James finally got his first goal for Leeds at Spurs. It was a simple goal that was mainly made due to Harrison’s brilliant work out wide. But that shouldn’t take away from the fact James gambled on getting to the ball and finished well. Hopefully the Wales international goes from strength to strength now.

Jack Harrison – 8

We haven’t seem much of use from Harrison this season but the ex-Manchester City winger was in great form against Tottenham. His work for the goal was stunning as he nutmegged Emerson Royal before playing an inch-perfect cross to James at the back post.

Joe Gelhardt – 7

It was a strong display by the young forward, who made his full Premier League debut for the Whites. Gelhardt looked bright and we really cannot wait to see how he does in the future.


Junior Firpo (on for Klich, 58′) – 5

Tyler Roberts (on for Forshaw, 72′) – 5

Stuart McKinstry (on for Gelhardt, 87′) – N/A

In other Leeds United news, an agent has shared what happened when Erling Haaland arrived at Thorp Arch.