By Joe Ellis

3rd Feb, 2022 | 8:55am

Two Leeds United players in statistically worst PL XI of the season

Leeds United have not had the campaign they were hoping for when August came and the season kicked off and that is reflected in the statistics.

The Whites are languishing down in 15th in the Premier League having banked just 22 points and conceded 40 goals already in 2021-22.

Give Me Sport have compiled a starting XI of the lowest-rated players in the division (must have started a minimum of five games) based on WhoScored data and it is no surprise that Leeds players are involved.

In the midfield, Adam Forshaw makes the list having put in an average rating of just 6.38 and Give Me Sport writer Rob Hoskin hasn’t been impressed either.

“Forshaw had a spell of playing in November and December of playing 90 minutes in six consecutive matches. Marcelo Bielsa probably likes his ability to run about, rather than anything technical,” he wrote.

Tyler Roberts (6.38 also) is the other Leeds player on the hypothetical teamsheet to which Hoskin wrote: “Roberts has missed just three Premier League games for Leeds this season. Like Forshaw, he runs around a lot but has just one goal and one assist.”

Fair criticism

It isn’t a nice thing to be saying but it is difficult to argue with either of those being included and the stats back that up.

Forshaw in particular has played very little football in the past two years after his long-term injury and it appears that he isn’t the same player he once was.

It is a credit to Leeds United and their staff for sticking by him and getting him back on the pitch because he may have retired had it not been for the unwavering support the club gave him.

Now though it is becoming clear that the intensity of the Premier League is perhaps too much for him and he would be better suited elsewhere when the summer comes around.

Roberts is another who may not have what it takes to make it at the top level and his one goal all season does little to suggest otherwise.

For all the good he does off the ball in pressing and closing down opposition defenders, he does nowhere near enough in front of goal and his time at Elland Road should be limited.

In other Leeds United news, the club made a strong offer for this striker in January.