Robin Koch MOTM with 8/10, Luis Sinisterra gets 4 - Leeds United player ratings vs Aston Villa
Ten man Leeds held Aston Villa to a close fought 0-0 draw at Elland Road on Sunday in their first Premier League game in a month.
The first half was a very stop-start affair with both sides playing aggressively and high lots of intensity, with Rodrigo coming closest to breaking the deadlock with a strike that went just wide.
The second half started badly for the Whites when Luis Sinisterra was shown a second yellow card for stopping a free-kick being taken quickly.
Here is how MOT Leeds News rated each Leeds player’s performance in the game today:
Illan Meslier – 7/10
A mixed showing from the Frechman who struggled in the air and flapped at a few efforts in the air, but made a big save from Watkins in both halves and was vocal in the latter stages so deserves praise.
Rasmus Kristensen – 6/10
A strong performance from the right-back, but he lacked some quality with his final ball in the attacking third. He was strong in one on one situations for the most part, keeping Philippe Coutinho quiet and justifying his initial selection.
Liam Cooper – 6/10
The skipper returned to the side and while he was a leader on the pitch, he was often targeted by the pace of Watkins. The clean sheet was a reward for the good defensive performance of the team, but he caused more concern on the ball to us than he did Villa.
Robin Koch – 8/10
Another brilliant performance from Koch who has shown why he is Marsch’s first-choice central defender this season. Strong aerially, good in possession, read the game well and dealt with everything that was thrown at him. Man of the match.
Pascal Struijk – 7/10
Considering he’s not a natural left-back, Struijk has been terrific this season and that continued here once again. He dealt with the pace and skill of Leon Bailey well and then when moved into a role as a third centre-back was natural too. A real asset to this team.
Tyler Adams – 7/10
The American was the engine for the Leeds midfield and his tenacity and bite meant that Villa weren’t able to bully the Whites even when they were a man light. A strong performance.
Marc Roca – 5/10
The Spaniard was strong in the tackle throughout the game but where he’s usually so calm and collected in possession he struggled today, and ultimately got subbed off before the hour mark. Not his best showing.
Brenden Aaronson – 4/10
He tried his very best to get involved in the game and create things, but he outdone physically by the Villa defenders and struggled to do anything of note on the ball. Not his best showing in a white shirt.
Jack Harrison – 5/10
Harrison was electric in the opening minutes of the game but his flame dwindled the longer he stayed on the pitch. With less support in attack he failed to really grab hold of the game and was instead forced to do more defending than attacking.
Luis Sinisterra – 4/10
The Colombian was bright in the first half but it was just stupid of him to get two very avoidable yellow cards and put the team in a position where they were up against it for the best part of 40 minutes. Really poor.
Rodrigo – 5/10
It just wasn’t his day today. He had a couple of half chances in the first half that just didn’t fall his way, and then he lacked support in the second half after the red card.
Junior Firpo – 6/10
A return from injury in a more favourable wing-back role, and had one great moment to put Watkins off with a header in the final 20 minutes. A decent showing.
Patrick Bamford – 6/10
Didn’t really get a chance to do much, but immediately the difference in the team’s performance with a focal point on the pitch was evident. Forced a save after a good run into the box, and will hope to claim his place back next week.
Luke Ayling – N/A
Mateusz Klich – N/A
Crysencio Summerville – N/A