By Mark Smith

3rd Nov, 2019 | 2:38pm

MOT View: Roberts shines, 25y/o gets 5/10 - Leeds player ratings v QPR

Leeds returned to winning ways against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, with a 2-0 victory enough to send them back to the top of the Championship for one night.

The Whites finally broke the run of not being able to score more than once at Elland Road, in an afternoon where they looked unstoppable for large periods.

Somewhat surprisingly, QPR managed more possession in the game, but their six shots on goal compared to Leeds’ 18 tells a different story.

Looking at SofaScore’s attack momentum graph, Leeds enjoyed much more success in the final third, with Mark Warburton’s side only significantly threatening for a small period in the second half.

Tyler Roberts opened the scoring on his first start of this season, and Jack Harrison sealed the win towards the end of the game to make it four unbeaten in the Championship.

Here are the MOT player ratings from yet another win at Elland Road.

1. Kiko Casilla – 7

The Spaniard has just gone to another level this season. Casilla didn’t really have any saves to make in the game, but commanded his area well and kept yet another clean sheet. Leeds have only conceded eight goals in their 15 fixtures this season, and the former Real Madrid man is one of the major reasons behind that impressive record.

2. Luke Ayling – 8

Not many players get straight back into Marcelo Bielsa’s side after injury, but Ayling has done just that this month. The right-back is proving his worth and more by continuing his form in a new-look back three. He is known for his ability to push forward and create an overlap, but his work to keep the QPR attack quiet for long periods of the game just reiterated his importance to the side once again.

3. Ben White – 7

We have run out of superlatives for White this season, who continues to look too good for the Championship. It was a quiet afternoon for the Brighton loanee, but he will have taken that when lining up against the likes of Jordan Hugill and Nakhi Wells – who have caused many problems for other teams already this season. With the passing range of a midfielder, his skill on the ball has seen the Whites progress even with the departure of Pontus Jansson.

4. Liam Cooper – 7

It was great to see the captain back after a slight scare in the under-23s on Monday. Cooper was ever-reliable and didn’t have much to do. He led the team perfectly, and his presence on and off the ball is vital to our side, and he was sorely missed when away. The Scottish international’s return is surely set to give us a massive boost moving forward.

5. Stuart Dallas – 6

There is no hiding from the fact that Dallas has been one of the standouts players this season. The Northern Irish star has been utilised in many different positions at Elland Road already and went about his business quietly both in midfield and down the left-hand side of the defence in Saturday’s win.

6. Kalvin Phillips – 7

Another win, and another game in which Phillips anchored the midfield perfectly. One slight change has seen our threat levels go up a level this season, and that is the boyhood Whites fan being placed on set-pieces. His deliveries were second to none once again, and on another day he could have had two assists in a more convincing victory.

7. Mateusz Klich – 6

We just can’t wrap our heads around Klich this season. The Polish international still hasn’t found the form he had last season in this campaign, and he is starting to become really frustrating. He did find good pockets of space on Saturday and should have scored when volleying over a perfect Ayling cross in the opening quarter of the game. He did press effectively off the ball, and it certainly wasn’t a terrible outing for Klich.

8. Jack Harrison – 8

Finally, we are starting to see the Harrison we all wanted to see. The Manchester City loanee is really starting to hit top form, claiming his fourth assist in the last five games when setting up the first goal. He was then rewarded for his tenacity towards the end of the game, finishing off the game when the ball luckily broke for him. It was nothing less than he deserved, on an afternoon where he was a constant threat running at his opposite number and beating him with ease.

9. Tyler Roberts – 9

This is exactly what Leeds have been missing this season, Roberts was phenomenal at Elland Road. It was his first start of the campaign for the Whites and he was at the heart of everything in-behind Bamford. The Welsh starlet scored the opener and really made that attacking midfield role his own, tormenting the QPR defence all afternoon. He was definitely the star man on Saturday, and all but cemented his spot for the Blackburn game.

10. Helder Costa – 5

It is hard to suggest what is holding Costa back at this moment in time. The wide role could be restricting his service, and he could be much better suited in a similar position to Roberts, where he would be able to get on the ball and run at defenders. Either way, the 25-year-old was massively frustrating once again and he was the one player that could be singled out as someone who needed to do more. The former Portugal international could struggle now that Pablo Hernandez has returned.

11. Patrick Bamford – 8

The Leeds man did everything but score in this game. Bamford was phenomenal leading the line, and his work rate continues to amaze us. He ran himself into the ground in the game on and off the ball, and if it wasn’t for the offside flag, his goal drought would have ended. Bielsa will have appreciated his efforts in the final third, and our style of play is heavily dependant on how Bamford plays – the goal is certainly coming.


Pablo Hernandez (For Helder Costa, 77 mins) This was the icing on the cake towards the end of the game. The Spanish magician returning could be the start of a real run being put together by Leeds. His one big chance came from a freekick against QPR, one that was floated into the North Stand. 6/10

Leif Davis (For Jack Harrison, 84 mins) It was a nice run out for the young left-back, and he looked dangerous down the wing with his pace causing problems for his opposite number. As Bielsa said, “Very good Davis.” 6/10

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