By Saikat Mandal

28th Dec, 2022 | 10:10pm

Robin Koch in 2/10 stinker, Illan Meslier shines - Leeds United player ratings v Manchester City

Leeds United suffered a 3-1 defeat against Manchester City in the Premier League at Elland Road on Wednesday (28 December).

Erling Haaland scored a brace while Rodri added another to earn a convincing win. Pascal Struijk pulled one back for the home side.

Jesse Marsch’s side did put up strong resistance in the first half, but they conceded some sloppy goals. Illan Meslier was simply outstanding for the Whites.

Here, MOT Leeds News rates the players out of 10 for their performances:

Illan Meslier 8

He was in no man’s land for Erling Haaland’s opening effort but recovered well. He anticipated the danger of Kevin De Bruyne’s through pass to Haaland and brilliantly cleared it away. He made a terrific save to deny Haaland again from close range. The Frenchman made another brilliant save to deny Gundogan, but he couldn’t do anything to stop Rodri from scoring from close range. The same can be said about the second goal. He was badly let down by his teammates. He is our MOTM.

Robin Koch – 2

Shocking. Absolutely shocking. He was so poor that he had no awareness of where he is standing and who is behind him. He made a complete fool of himself as Cooper played out a simple pass to him. Grealish came from behind, picked it and passes to it Haaland to score.

Liam Cooper – 3

The skipper wasted a free-kick by needlessly indulging in shirt-pulling. His distribution was very poor and should have been better in closing Haaland down in the first half. However, it was a much-improved performance after the break and made one crunching tackle on Riyad Mahrez. But what a dumb pass from him! He had acres of space and loads of time to pick another teammate and yet passed it to Koch when two players were chasing behind.

Pascal Struijk – 7

Misjudged the flight of a long Ederson delivery that nearly opened up a scoring chance for Ilkay Gundogan. He made a strong tackle on Jack Grealish, and scored a terrific header from the corner. It was a fabulous finish.

Rasmus Kristensen – 6

Remained solid at the back, and made a few good clearances. The Danish defender made a couple of solid blocks in the first half and got the better of Jack Grealish. He made a fantastic block to deny Gundogan as well. However, he offered very little going forward.

Marc Roca – 5

Looked tidy with his passing but gave away possession cheaply at times. He failed to control the tempo in midfield and really struggled in the absence of Tyler Adams.

Adam Forshaw – 5

He made a strong tackle in the first half and looked classy at times. The veteran midfielder kept tidy possession whenever possible, but couldn’t make a big impact as expected. An overall today performance, but we know he can do much better.

Brenden Aaronson – 4

He was ineffective throughout the match and was left chasing the shadows. He failed to create enough opportunities but had an effort on target. He was tidy with his passes, but that creative spark was missing.

Rodrigo – 4

The Spaniard hardly got a touch in the first half and Leeds didn’t create enough opportunities to score either. He had fewer than 30 touches in the match and was rightly subbed.

Willy Gnonto – 6

He was very lively on the left-hand side. He was fast and direct but his end product was very poor. He misplaced his passes on a few occasions after getting into good areas. He managed two shots on target and really looked like the brightest spark on the pitch.

Sam Greenwood – 5

It was an unexpectedly timid performance from the youngster. He had less than 30 touches during the game with a poor 65% passing accuracy, as per Whoscored. However, he nearly got an assist as he provided a killer pass to Gelhardt who narrowly missed his target.


Luke Ayling (63 min, on for Kristensen)5

Mateusz Klich (63 min, on for Forshaw) – 5

Joe Gelhardt (72 mins, on for Rodrigo) 6

Diego Llorente (72 mins, on for Cooper)5

In other Leeds United news, we have some exclusive team news on a player starting against Man City.