Leeds United player ratings v Brighton: Brenden Aaronson drops stinker
Leeds United saw their unbeaten start to the Premier League season ending as Brighton beat them 1-0 on Saturday afternoon.
The Seagulls dominated the game from start to end and deservedly ran out winners on the day.
Jesse Marsch tried deploying his best possible side to get the win but glaring flaws in his eleven were exposed that have been masked in previous games.
Here’s how we rated the Leeds players:
Illan Meslier – 7
The only Leeds player that deserved a high rating on the night was the Frenchman. Even though he conceded a goal, the scoreline was much more respectable because of him. He made numerous key saves including a one-on-one against Solly March. The goal he conceded was ironically one of the least potent shots at his goal with an xG of 0.06.
Rasmus Kristensen – 3
Was pegged back constantly as Graham Potter ensured that his Seagulls made the Leeds defence look narrow. This did not play into the Dane’s strengths who loves to venture forward.
Robin Koch – 4
Was bang-average in terms of his duels and lost more in the air than he won in what was a disappointing outing for him. His place in the eleven is in real threat given Liam Cooper’s return.
Diego Llorente – 6
Was undoubtedly the best defender in the Whites squad. Marshalled the back line well and did his bit to break up play and launch counter attacks.
Pascal Struijk – 3
It did look like he was playing out of position and Potter ensured his attacking players made the most of it. Marsch may need to shuffle things around.
Tyler Adams – 4
Had an underwhelming outing as he failed to dictate the tempo or assert his dominance in the middle of the park. Usually ever so sharp, it was a rather quiet game from the American.
Marc Roca – 3
Struggled to play those line-breaking passes and was rightly withdrawn by Marsch by for Mateusz Klich. The Pole did make a very good case to start ahead of the former Bayern Munich midfielder.
Dan James – 3
Another baffling decision to start him and we will be surprised if Luis Sinisterra will not be named in the playing eleven against Everton.
Brenden Aaronson – 2
After three incredible performances, the American put in his worst performance in a Leeds jersey. Asked to play centrally, he failed to receive the ball and make things happen. He often needed to drift wide and was rather ineffective with his passing. Seemed to lose his cool ever so slightly in the second period.
Jack Harrison – 4
With a pass accuracy of 65 per cent, his distribution was woeful all over the place. His deliveries from set pieces also were far from impressive and he’s got to brush this one aside as it was a forgettable performance.
Rodrigo – 4
Given the relatively high standards he’s set thus far, this was a performance that would not have pleased Marsch. Failed to offer that direct running in behind the defences especially when Leeds looked to hit Brighton on the break.
Mateusz Klich – 5
Adam Forshaw – 4
Luis Sinisterra – 3
Joe Gelhardt – 4