By Daniel Feliciano

8th Dec, 2022 | 9:15pm

Leo Hjelde awful 3/10, Sam Greenwood shines with 7/10 - Leeds United player ratings vs Elche

Leeds United claimed a 2-1 win over Elche in Spain to win the Festa d’Elx trophy despite a poor performance on the night in their winter friendly.

The Whites named a strong starting lineup but they were forced into an early change after just six minutes when Crysencio Summerville went off with what looked like an ankle injury.

Elche took the lead right on the stroke of half-time after a big switch found Josan who raced into the penalty area and dinked the ball over Joel Robles and in off the post.

It was more of the same in the second half but a great bit of attacking play saw Greenwood push on to the byline and cut the ball back for Joe Gelhardt to tap in to an empty net and equalise.

Mateusz Klich then scored an asbolute screamer with just minutes to go from outside the box to seal the victory and lift the trophy.

Here is how MOT Leeds News rated the performance of each Leeds player on the night.

Joel Robles – 5/10

The Spaniard was busy in the first half as Elche dominated the game, and his lack of ability when it comes to distribution really showed when Elche pressed high and he was forced to hoof it long, giving them the ball back more often than not.

Luke Ayling – 5/10

An average performance from someone who really needed the minutes in his legs going into the second half of the season. Defensively good enough to force Elche to go to the other wing a lot, but didn’t get forward as much as Jesse Marsch would have liked.

Liam Cooper – 5/10

The skipper did good work in a busy first half for Leeds where they were under pressure a lot. He struggled in possession and was often forced to go long, but encouraging considering how little he’s played this season.

Pascal Struijk – 5/10

Back in his preferred centre-back role for this game and he looked much more comfortable. He communicated well, read the game and his passing out was good too, although he did find himself out of position a few times.

Leo Hjelde – 3/10

Hjelde absolutely wanted to use this tour as an opportunity to get into the thought process of Marsch as a left-back option, but this performance would almost certainly be having the boss hoping Junior Firpo is fit soon, and that says it all.

Marc Roca – 5/10

The Spaniard is normally so reliable and progressive in possession but he did most of his work off the ball in this game and would have seen it as more of a cardio session than a training game.

Adam Forshaw – 5/10

Elche were very aggressive throughout this game and Forshaw wasn’t afraid to get stuck in either, despite the stature of the game. Was good defensively, ran hard and showed he is a capable understudy to Tyler Adams when he’s fit.

Jack Harrison – 5/10

Leeds barely got on the ball in forward areas throughout the game and Harrison, as one of the better players on the pitch, should have been able to grab this game by the scruff of the neck and make something happen. A great pass to find Greenwood for the equaliser.

Joe Gelhardt – 6/10

Was played on the right wing for the most part and struggled much like the other attackers to do anything of note. He ran hard and tracked his man all night defensively, but that isn’t why you want Joffy on the pitch. His goal was easy enough with great instincts.

Crysencio Summerville – N/A

The Dutch winger was forced off with what looked like an ankle problem after just six minutes, which isn’t good news ahead of the resumption of the Premier League in two weeks’ time.

Rodrigo – 4/10

Completely starved of any sort of service and didn’t do anything to try and turn the favour of the game towards us. A really poor performance overall from the star man.

Substitutes

Sam Greenwood – 7/10

Impressed with his direct running and football IQ, especially in the second half. A great third-man run essentially created the equalising goal, and it was great vision to spot Gelhardt and get the assist.

Sonny Perkins – N/A

The youngster got an opportunity after coming on as one of six subs on the hour, but suffered what looked like a muscular injury a few minutes later and was severely restricted throughout the rest of the game.

Willy Gnonto – 5/10

The Italian’s direct running was excellent and he should have won a penalty when he was dragged down in the box, but the referee was having none of it. A very exciting talent.

Mateusz Klich – 5/10

Klich was erratic on the pitch with some poor passing, but his energy was great and helped to stop Elche dominating the game so much. An absolute worldie of a goal definitely added a point or two to this rating.

Darko Gyabi – 4/10

Much like the senior midfielders, Gyabi struggled to get the midfield under control during his time on the pitch and he somehow managed to get himself booked too, so that goes against him.

Mateo Joseph – 5/10

Didn’t have a lot of time on the pitch but made a really big impact on how Leeds were attacking. His pace and dribbling were a treat and often got him beyond defenders, and he arguably should have scored his best chance with 10 minutes left.

Cody Drameh – 5/10

Some good one on one defending in the second half, and some dangerous crosses when going forward too showed that he can definitely be an asset to this team if given the chance by Marsch.

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