Leeds United player ratings v Leicester City
Leeds United impressed as they earned a point in their 1-1 draw against Leicester City on Sunday afternoon at Elland Road.
Raphinha’s first-half goal was cancelled out in a matter of moments when Harvey Barnes’ superb strike levelled the scores.
It was an encouraging display by the Whites despite their failure to win but a disallowed Ademola Lookman goal, plus a missed open goal by Jack Harrison, ensured the score stayed level.
Here, MOT Leeds News rates the players’ performances out of 10.
Illan Meslier – 5
Meslier couldn’t have done anything about Barnes’ wondergoal but the French goalkeeper had a couple of iffy moments in goal again, especially after the break.
Stuart Dallas – 6
Dallas got really lucky when Ademola Lookman’s goal was chalked off by VAR. The Northern Ireland international, who was playing at right-back, was caught ball-watching when Lookman scored at the back post at a corner. Thankfully he was offside. Dallas was decent other than that scare.
Diego Llorente – 5
Lucky to have not been sent off for a challenge on Jamie Vardy in the first half. His form has definitely dipped but he’s been rewarded with a call-up to the Spain squad all the same.
Liam Cooper – 5
How come every time Cooper plays, he makes a mistake? The Scotland centre-back cannot be exuding much confidence among his teammates at the moment. He put Meslier in trouble twice in the second half. We’d rather see Pascal Struijk in the middle with Llorente.
Pascal Struijk – 6
Didn’t look too comfortable in the left-back role but we can forgive Struijk for being forced to play out of position.
Adam Forshaw – 8
Did any of us expect that? Forshaw was superb in the middle against Leicester and didn’t look as though he was someone making his first Premier League start for Leeds. Forshaw’s been to hell and back with his injuries in the last two years but he really did look the part for Leeds on Sunday. We’re absolutely thrilled for him.
Kalvin Phillips – 6
Weirdly, Phillips was shown up by Forshaw in the middle. The England international didn’t seem himself – and hasn’t done for most of the season – but was a threat in the penalty area. Good in the air, but not with the ball on the ground.
Raphinha – 7
Yet again, Raphinha is the Leeds United goalscorer. Raphinha’s been a sensation for Leeds and we really hope we get to keep hold of this special talent for some time.
Daniel James – 6
Much better from James, who looked as though he was capable of causing damage to the Leicester defence for most of the game. He’s getting better each week and starting to look like the player Leeds paid so much to sign on deadline day.
Jack Harrison – 4
Can anyone answer how Harrison missed that chance in the second half? Harrison had an open goal in front of him after a clever flick-on from a corner by Phillips. Harrison was unmarked but with the goal gaping, he kneed it over the bar. Overall, it was yet another bad season by Harrison, who needs to be dropped.
Rodrigo – 7
He’s finally starting to settle into the striker role, which is a shame because Patrick Bamford could be back and available after the international break. Some good touches and inter-play but his finishing still needs to be better.
Tyler Roberts (on for Harrison 83′) – N/A
Charlie Cresswell (on for Adam Forshaw 90′) – N/A
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared whether this player is pushing for a move away from Elland Road.