What a horrible afternoon it was to be a Leeds United fan.
The Whites looked short of ideas, and despite dominating yet another game against Wigan, the away side walked away with all three points in a 1-0 win.
Marcelo Bielsa will surely be slightly concerned at that. Leeds could have played for two hours longer and most likely wouldn’t have found the back of the net.
It was way too predictable in West Yorkshire, Leeds were far too slow on the ball. The likes of Pablo Hernandez couldn’t get his head into the game, and Helder Costa’s delivery was shocking, to say the least.
Looking at SofaScore’s attacking momentum graph, it paints a picture of how frustrating of an afternoon it really was at Elland Road.
Here are our MOT Leeds News player ratings…
Kiko Casilla – 4
Would Casilla picking up a ban be the worst thing to happen? Probably not. Indecisive is how we’d describe that game against Wigan. The Spaniard never knew when to come out and collect, even being told off by his defence. As for the goal, that is enough to drop any keeper – never mind one with the experience that he holds.
Luke Ayling – 5
With Kalvin Phillips missing, it was hard to tell what formation Leeds were playing. Ayling was at right-back, and in central defence – something which must have affected him. He was decent going forward but cost the Whites on numerous occasions by failing to shield simple balls out for goal-kicks, conceding corners for a side who can’t defend them.
Liam Cooper – 6
It is hard to see, but Cooper is turning into a very average defender. The Whites captain was so slow in possession once again, and it hurt his side massively. Every time he picked up the ball, he had to take three or four touches before switching the play, and that instantly killed Leeds.
Ben White – 6
Struggled against Kieffer Moore. The Welshman is a very average player but bullied White at times. The Brighton loanee needed to get tighter and upset his rhythm, as it was all too easy to keep possession for him at times. Credit where it is due though, he did make a number of crucial blocks.
Ezgjan Alioski – 7
The least you expect from Alioski is energy. He was constantly up and down the left flank behind Harrison, causing headaches for Nathan Byrne, especially in the first half. His delivery still fails to impress though, and that has to change with the likes of Barry Douglas coming back to full fitness.
Stuart Dallas – 3
It is hard to comprehend what Bielsa is doing with Dallas. The Northern Ireland international was superb at full-back at the start of the season, now, in midfield, he is a headless chicken. Dallas simply ran around the pitch for 90 minutes once again, without a clue in the world. The 29-year-old was poor in defence, and certainly made no impact moving forward – this midfield experiment has to stop, and now.
Mateusz Klich – 8
One of the few names who can take credit from this defeat. The Pole was a standout player against Millwall and it was the same on Saturday. Klich was one of the only options who would get on the ball and drive forward, injecting pace into our play. This is the Klich we have wanted to see all season, and if this continues when Phillips returns, we could be in for a treat.
Pablo Hernandez – 5
One of the worst games in recent times for Hernandez. The Spanish magician struggled and often played too much in front of the Wigan defence. He is at his best when twisting and turning, finding little balls in behind, but he made it too easy for the away side to read him on Saturday.
Jack Harrison – 7
Another who can hold his head high. How Harrison didn’t score though, is beyond us. Three-yards out, with the goal at his mercy, he appeared to take a touch rather than smash it home – the story of our entire season. His pace and willingness to run at his man delivered great success at times.
Helder Costa – 4
As each week goes by, the more frustrating Costa gets. For a player who could potentially cost £15million, his end product is nothing short of shocking. The 26-year-old gets in great pockets of space with his trickery but far too often he smashes the ball into the crowd or simply off the pitch – not good enough, Poveda will be closing in.
Patrick Bamford – 5
The time has come for Bamford to be dropped. You can’t cup your ears in a celebration against Millwall, and then instantly fall back into your own ways. The 26-year-old is testing everybody’s patience, and his shot that went towards the dug-outs rather than at goal in the first half was simply embarrassing. He may hold the ball up, but we need goals and Jean-Kevin Augustin is clearly waiting.
In other Leeds United news, here are three things we learned from the defeat against Wigan on Saturday