MOT View: 25y/o coming good at right time - Three things learned from Leeds win v Hull
Another game delivered yet another victory for Leeds United, the Whites making it seven in-a-row with a 2-0 win over Hull City on Tuesday.
Leeds returned to the top of the table with the three points but more importantly opened up an 11 point gap to third-placed Fulham after they dropped points once again.
Helder Costa’s cross was turned into his own net by Hull defender Jordy De Wijs before Ezgjan Alioski sealed all three points at Elland Road.
It wasn’t as convincing as usual from Marcelo Bielsa’s side, but they are finding a way to win despite not being at their best consistently this season.
Here are three things we learned from the 2-0 victory on Tuesday…
1. Costa coming good at the right time
The Portuguese winger has not hit the heights expected of him since arriving from Wolves in the summer. Costa has struggled to cement a spot in the side, but since his first league goal against Middlesbrough, he has been superb. The 25-year-old was at the heart of most things against Hull – completing four dribbles as well as having three shots on goal [WhoScored], his most in each department in a single game. It won’t be long until the goals start flowing, and he is definitely coming good at the right time.
2. Nketiah future could be sealed
The Arsenal loanee must be wondering what he has to do to get on the pitch at Leeds, but Patrick Bamford is simply doing too much for that to happen. After a disappointing afternoon for the under-23s on Monday, Nketiah was left on the bench against Hull. The Daily Mail recently reported that the Gunners were ready to pull the plug on the loan, and that shouldn’t come as a surprise. Bamford played his role superbly once again on Tuesday, and he can’t be dropped in this form, so January could be the month in which we say goodbye to Nketiah.
3. Things have changed this season
Sitting in the stands, you wouldn’t be mistaken for thinking it might never come against Hull. The game had all the feeling that the away side might just nick a winner on the counter-attack, but that’s not how things work this season. Leeds have been superb at finding a winner in games in which they haven’t been at their best, and they did it once again on Tuesday. With teams like Fulham and Bristol City both losing, it was key we picked up three points, and that is exactly what we did despite not being at our best.
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