Leeds United were excellent in attack but very poor in defence as they let three leads slip to go down 4-3 against Tottenham in London.
The first half was filled with drama as Crysencio Summerville continued his excellent recent form to put the Whites ahead early, but Harry Kane equalised despite what looked like a foul on Illan Meslier just before. Rodrigo produced a stunning finish to put the visitors ahead at the break with a wonderful left-foot finish.
Ben Davies levelled for a second time after the break with a long-range rebound, before yet another excellent Rodrigo strike put Leeds United up for a third time, but as so often with this team the defence undercut the attacking display and allowed Rodrigo Bentancur to score twice in quick succession for Spurs’ first lead, and Tyler Adams was sent off late on.
Here, MOT Leeds News rates the Whites players out of 10 for their performances in the capital.
Illan Meslier – 6
Not his best game but couldn’t do much about a lot of goals. Could only get a half punch on the corner for Kane’s equaliser in what looked like an obvious foul that wasn’t given. Then will be disappointed in letting Spurs level a second time when Davies’ long-range strike slipped under him via Kristensen on the line.
Rasmus Kristensen (off for Joseph ’89) – 7
An all action display that saw him make some vital contributions further forward, and looked somewhat improved at the back. Key header won to start the move for the first goal then got an assist by nodding the ball over the back line for Rodrigo’s second. Got one block in before the Davies equaliser, but couldn’t keep the second shot out with his keeper on the line.
Robin Koch – 4
Another disappointing game. Crashed into Richarlison in the first half to show Leeds United were showing no fear, then didn’t back that up with actual defending. Let home attackers in behind too often, and his attempt to stop Kulusevski for the Tottenham fourth was awful.
Liam Cooper – 5
Similar to last week, his game was very up and down, but the down was particularly damaging. By-passed far too easily in the build-up to the second equaliser, and by-passed too easily late on as the game got away from Leeds. He had got a useful foot in to get the move going for Rodrigo’s second, but it wasn’t enough overall.
Pascal Struijk – 5
Not a great game, and so much of the home side’s attack came down his flank. Too often the majority of the back line let down the good work that happens ahead of them.
Marc Roca (off for Ayling ’79) – 7
Tidy display in the centre of the park. The home side scored twice pretty quickly after he went off, suggesting he was providing more control to the line-up than might have been obvious.
Tyler Adams – 6
Let himself down on what was largely a good game. Beaten too easily in his own box as Kane equalised even though play should already have been stopped. Otherwise he was a warrior in the midfield who didn’t back down from anything, as has become the norm. Gave up the game with a needless second yellow late on.
Wilfried Gnonto (off for Greenwood ’45) – 6
Rewarded for his excellent recent cameo appearances with a first start under Jesse Marsch and didn’t perform badly, but came off worse in a couple of heavy collisions and had to be replaced at the half.
Brenden Aaronson – 7
Sharp and industrious in attack throughout. Central to nearly all of the attacking moves that had Leeds United ahead three times and should have been enough. Excellent work to assist Summerville for the opener early on in particular.
Crysencio Summerville – 8
Another strong game even if he faded later on. Can’t stop scoring now, produced a lovely finish to put his side ahead early under pressure, and could have scored another in the first half. Some nice trickery saw him felled for a dangerous free-kick on the edge of the Spurs box which came to nothing. Looks absolutely full of confidence at the moment, as he should.
Rodrigo (off for Gelhardt ’89) – 9 (Man of the Match)
Did everything he could. Fantastic attacking play, but was let down by his defence. What a finish for his first goal, and then the same again for his second.. Lashed a perfectly aimed first time shot into the bottom corner to continue his great scoring form this season
Sam Greenwood (on for Gnonto ’45) – 5
Wasn’t able to get into the game with anywhere near the sort of impact he provided last week.
Luke Ayling (on for Roca ’79) – N/A
Could only get a deflection past his own keeper for the third Spurs equaliser with his first involvement.
Joe Gelhardt (on for Rodrigo ’89) – N/A
Mateo Joseph (on for Kristensen ’89) – N/A
In other Leeds United news, the Whites are on the trail of a major attacking signing for January.