By Craig Scott

9th Jan, 2022 | 3:56pm

Leo Hjelde shines as Jack Harrison suffers stinker - Leeds United player ratings v West Ham

Marcelo Bielsa’s rotten FA Cup record at Leeds United continued in controversial circumstances on Sunday.

For the fourth year in a row, Leeds were beaten in the third round as West Ham beat them 2-0 at the London Stadium.

Manuel Lanzini’s first-half goal was, however, a dodgy one as Jarrod Bowen seemed to be well offside in the build-up

VAR took it’s time to let the goal stand as it then went on to prove to be the difference between the two Premier League clubs.

Jarrod Bowen’s stoppage-time goal at the end of the game wrapped up the win as Leeds pressed for an equaliser.

Here, MOT Leeds News rates the players out of 10 for their performances on Sunday:

Illan Meslier – 6

Meslier wasn’t responsible for the goal-mouth scramble that led to West Ham’s controversial goal and didn’t really have to do much else other than command his box well, which he did.

Luke Ayling – 7

Ayling is a Steady Eddie for Leeds and you very rarely see a bad performance from him when he’s playing in his preferred right-back position.

Diego Llorente – 6

Llorente found it tough against Antonio. Not many defenders enjoy playing against the Jamaican international and Llorente was no exception to that rule on Sunday.

Leo Hjelde – 8

It was a superb senior debut for Hjelde, who really made himself at home in the heart of Leeds’ defence. Michail Antonio was always going to be a tough attacker to deal with, as were the likes of tricksters Lanzini, Nikola Vlasic and Bowen. But Hjelde coped well with all of them and was really unlucky to see a superb piece of defending against Nikola Vlasic go to nothing in the build-up to Lanzini’s controversial goal. Man of the match.

Junior Firpo – 5

Went off injured in the 67th minute to add to Bielsa’s injury worries. He didn’t really do much of note before that but he will be missed if he’s out for a spell of time due to Bielsa not having another proper left-back in his senior squad.

Robin Koch – 5

You have to feel a bit sorry for Koch because there’s no doubt that he was rushed back from his injury to cover at centre-back and now he’s been asked to play in the midfield. We don’t think Bate should’ve been taken off at half-time for Stuart Dallas and probably should have been Koch.

Lewis Bate – 6

He was cool and composed while in possession and when West Ham had the ball, he was like a man possessed. We all wanted to see Bate make his debut sooner than he did against West Ham and he didn’t disappoint. You can understand why he was taken off at the break though as Bielsa wanted more experience on the pitch while his side were behind.

Mateusz Klich – 5

Klich’s performance wasn’t great, let’s be honest. If you could get past ITV’s commentator getting his name wrong every time he had the ball, you’d have seen a rather ineffective and weak midfield performance from the Poland international. He needs to do better and showed why we need better in this transfer window.

Daniel James – 5

James showed plenty of drive and pace throughout the match but his end-product really let him down. Bielsa needs to stop playing him as a centre-forward because you couldn’t have a more different player to Bamford spearheading the attack than the Wales international.

Jack Harrison – 4

Harrison really didn’t do anything of note in the FA Cup Third Round match other than missing a great opportunity to score in the second half. It was arguably Leeds’ best chance when he missed the target from around six yards out. Not good enough.

Sam Greenwood – 6

Greenwood was sacrificed at half-time so Bielsa could strengthen his side but he didn’t have a bad first half at all. Greenwood battled well and looked more like Patrick Bamford than any other striker we’ve played this season while the England striker’s been out injured. Greenwood drops back, gets involved and wasn’t afraid to have a go at goal too.


Raphinha (on for Greenwood 46′) – 6

Stuart Dallas (on for Bate 46′) – 6

Adam Forshaw (on for Ayling 60′) – 5

Cody Drameh (on for Firpo 68′) – 5

Crysenscio Summerville (on for Hjelde 77′) – 6

In other Leeds United news, an “outstanding” left-back has confirmed he wants to quit his club amid interest from the Whites.