Live from Thorp Arch: Leeds U23 player ratings v Sheff Wednesday
By Mark Smith at Thorp Arch
Anything the Leeds United first-team can do, the under-23s proved on Monday that they can too.
Leeds welcomed Sheffield Wednesday to Thorp Arch, and a second-half strike by Mateusz Bogusz was enough to claim all three points in a 1-0 victory.
Carlos Corberan’s side made it four wins on the bounce, and although that’s two less than the senior Whites current run – progress is certainly being made.
Yet again, it was another strong squad for the under-23s. Barry Douglas, Eddie Nketiah, and Jack Clarke all completed 45 minutes.
There were some strong performances across the Leeds Under-23 side – here are our MOT ratings:
Illan Meslier – 7
Another solid performance by the young Frenchman. He was only called upon once, but he made a great save to keep the game goalless in the first half.
Robbie Gotts – 6
Gotts played on the right-hand side of defence once again and struggled to make any sort of impact on the game. He was solid enough in defence but is much better when utilised in a position where he can get on the ball more.
Bryce Hosannah – 7
It was a much better afternoon for Hosannah, who was dominant in the middle of defence. After featuring on the bench against Huddersfield, he was calm on the ball and kept Sam Winnall quiet most of the game.
Leif Davis – 7
A great return to action for Davis, who played in a central role. His pace is always a great asset in the defence and that made it a quiet afternoon for Meslier inbetween the sticks.
Barry Douglas – 7
Another 45 minutes for Douglas, who despite being fully fit can’t find a way back into the first team. The Scotsman was good going forward but was caught out on a couple of occasions at the back.
Pascal Struijk – 8
Struijk was moved further forward into a similar role to Kalvin Phillips and excelled throughout. The Dutch colossus was superb and the creative players in Wednesday’s side had no answers to getting round him at times.
Jordan Stevens – 6
Only the one-half of action for Stevens on Monday. After shining recently, he struggled against Joe West and was too frequently caught in a war of words with the defender rather than letting his football do the talking.
Alfie McCalmont – 7
Another captain’s performance from McCalmont, who without standing out too much did all the basic things perfectly in the 1-0 win.
Mateusz Bogusz – 9
Bogusz keeps getting better with each passing performance. The Pole was immense in attacking midfield, driving into the final third with ease. He got the goal he deserved, and it will only be a matter of time before he earns a spot in the first-team squad more permanently.
Ryan Edmondson – 6
A quiet afternoon for Edmondson who struggled to get involved. The forward had one big opportunity but hit the bar.
Liam McCarron – 6
McCarron was disrupted by having to move to full-back after Douglas was replaced and that affected his attacking rhythm. The winger was solid enough once again and helped his side to all three points in the second half.
Jack Clarke (For Stevens, 45 mins) 8
This was more like it from Clarke, who got on the ball and caused real problems every time, playing a role in the winning goal.
Oliver Casey (For Gotts, 45 mins) 6
Came into the defence and made sure Leeds kept a clean sheet on their way to yet another victory.
Eddie Nketiah (For Douglas, 45 mins) 5
Nketiah really struggled in the second half, and never seemed to get into the action. The Arsenal loanee didn’t hold up the ball and didn’t have a single opportunity to get his name on the scoresheet.