By Mark Smith

30th Nov, 2019 | 5:30pm

MOT View: Klich back to his best - Leeds player ratings v Middlesbrough

Leeds United made it five wins on the bounce in the Championship against Middlesbrough on Saturday. Goals from Patrick Bamford, Mateusz Klich and Helder Costa handed the Whites a 4-0 victory.

Marcelo Bielsa made one change, bringing Helder Costa in for the injured Tyler Roberts in a straight-forward afternoon at Elland Road.

The only negative was that Kalvin Phillips picked up a fifth yellow card of the season which will see him suspended for the trip to Huddersfield.

Bamford opened the scoring in the third minute, heading home a floated cross by Pablo Hernandez at the second attempt. It was Klich who sent Leeds into half time with a two-goal lead thanks to a deflected effort.

Two terrific strikes from Costa and Klich in the second half put the game beyond doubt and sent Leeds back to the top of the league.

Here are our player ratings from the 4-0 win over Middlesbrough…

1. Kiko Casilla – 7

It is hard to give Casilla anything more given that he had pretty much nothing to do all afternoon. The Spaniard made one save and was solid in his distribution once again.

2. Luke Ayling – 8

Ayling is back to his best for the Whites. The wing-back was everywhere on Saturday and should have got his name on the scoresheet with two efforts that went agonisingly wide.

3. Ben White – 7

One of the Brighton loanee’s easiest games since arriving at Elland Road. Britt Assombalonga wasn’t fully fit for the clash, but he is still one of the most dangerous forwards in the league and he hardly touched the ball all game.

4. Liam Cooper – 8

Won almost every single one of his battles against Ashley Fletcher. The Leeds captain has earned back-to-back clean sheets since his return from injury, and we are a much better side with him in the team.

5. Stuart Dallas – 8

Another afternoon where Dallas just didn’t stop running. Bielsa appears to have found the perfect role for the Northern Ireland international, and it allows him to get forward at any given opportunity – the only thing missing? A goal, with Dallas missing a number of chances again.

6. Kalvin Phillips – 7

His afternoon was overshadowed by his fifth booking of the season. Phillips will miss the trip to Huddersfield after a poor tackle on Dael Fry. Apart from that, he was solid, and if it wasn’t for a great save from Ainsley Pears, he would have scored his second goal of the season.

7. Mateusz Klich – 9

This is the Klich we have been waiting to see for months. His first goal had an element of luck with the deflection, but his second was simply irresistible. The Pole curled an unstoppable effort into the top corner, and was a thorn in Boro’s side all afternoon.

8. Jack Harrison – 6

Harrison was quiet compared to his teammates, but that is not to say he put a foot wrong. The winger completed 90 minutes in the shadows of the likes of Costa and Klich in the final third.

9. Patrick Bamford – 8

Superb once again from Bamford, who bounced back from a quiet evening against Reading. The former Boro man was a menace against his old side and got the goal his performance deserved. He pressured the away side all afternoon, who simply couldn’t string any passes together down to his constant running when out of possession.

10. Pablo Hernandez – 9

When Hernandez is at his best, there are few players who are better in the Championship. The Spanish magician was unstoppable on Saturday and was at the heart of everything in the final third with little flicks and tricks that Jonathan Woodgate’s side simply couldn’t deal with.

11. Helder Costa – 8

Costa had only completed one dribble per game before Saturday’s clash [WhoScored], and Leeds fans expected more from the Portuguese star. He delivered against Middlesbrough, and finally got his first league goal after a dazzling run on the edge of the box. We believe that could be the kickstart he so desperately needed.


Ezgjan Alisoki (For Costa, 76 minutes) – 6

Did what he does best when coming on and simply buzzed around the pitch making himself a nuisance for Bielsa.

Eddie Nketiah (For Bamford, 79 minutes) – 5

The Arsenal loanee struggled when coming on, his touch let him down on a number of occasions but the game was already won.

Gaetano Berardi (For Phillips, 83 minutes) – 5

Most likely only came on to test what system Leeds could play against Huddersfield with Phillips suspended, had nothing of note to do.

In other Leeds news, Revealed: Paul Robinson claims Harrison could be wanted by Premier League giants