Leeds United’s wait for a win in the New Year remains as they settled for a 2-2 draw with West Ham United thanks to Rodrigo’s superbly hit 70th-minute equaliser.
The Whites had gone in front through Wilfried Gnoto’s 27th-minute strike, taking advantage of some slack Hammer defending after some fine piece of individual play from Crysencio Summerville.
David Moyes’ men – on the day of the sad passing of their co-owner David Gold – levelled just before the break through Lucas Paqueta’s penalty after Pascal Struijk tripped Jarrod Bowen in the area.
Scamacca completed a turnaround for the Hammers, after Aaronson’s needless mistake in his own half, gifting the Italian possession before he unleashed a stunning drive to beat Illan Meslier in the Leeds goal. However, Marsch’s men pushed for the equaliser and got their just rewards with Rodrigo bagging his 10th league goal of the campaign.
Here, MOT Leeds News rates the players out of 10 for their performances:
Illan Meslier – 6/10
Not much Meslier could do about both of West Ham’s goals. However, he will be disappointed by how easily Scamacca was able to beat him from 20-yards with an excellent strike. Could the Frenchman have been better positioned to save it? Probably. But his defenders did him no favours.
Luke Ayling – 7/10
Every time Ayling is on the field of play for the Whites, he’ll dig in and give his all. And he did that tonight in what was a solid showing from the full-back. Defensively sound against Fornals and completed most of his duels. Only his second appearance of the season, but it was like he’d never left.
Robin Koch – 6/10
The German defender will be disappointed with the way he gifted Scamacca so much space for West Ham’s second goal, but other than that he dug in. Still remains a vital figure in Marsch’s defence alongside Liam Cooper.
Liam Cooper – 6/10
How crucial were his misses at the end? It may well have been a different story had he been striker. Hopefully those misses won’t prove the decisive factors in Leeds’ battle for Premier League safety.
Pascal Struijk – 5/10
A costly error in conceding the West Ham penalty. When Leeds desperately needed some composure to close out the first half, he let his side down. New signing Maximilian Wober could well be grabbing his spot at left-back.
Tyler Adams – 7/10
Adams is so crucial to this Leeds side. His tenacity, energy, and aggression sets the tone for the rest of the team and he exemplified what the Whites are about again tonight with another bullish showing in midfield. Another one of Marsch’s trusted lieutenants. What a signing Adams has been.
Marc Roca – 6/10
Not one of his best performances since his summer move. In fact, Marsch will be expecting more from the Spaniard in possession, especially when trying to pick out his attacking players in the final third. However, he’s forming a trustworthy partnership with Adams in central midfield.
Brenden Aaronson – 4/10
Aaronson’s poor run of form Jesse Marsch’s men continues after yet another drab showing against West Ham United. The American proved the culprit for the Hammers’ second goal, giving the ball away needlessly for Scamacca to score. Did little to conjure up any magic in the final third, registering zero key passes and successfully completing 14 of his passes. A starting spot for Leeds’ next game against Aston Villa is in real jeopardy.
Crysencio Summerville – 6/10
Showed some nice touches in the first half, and his assist for Gnonto’s opener was a real touch of class. Couldn’t muster up the type of form that made him a cult hero before the World Cup break, but after just only returning from injury, he’d be given the benefit of the doubt.
Wilfried Gnonto – 8/10
There is so much to like about Wilfried Gnonto. His first touch, his pace, acceleration, dribbling, and technical qualities especially in tight areas. This lad has a bright future, and the way he took his first Premier League goal was stunning. Taking on Summerville’s pass with a deft touch before volleying in a superb effort. What a player.
Rodrigo – 8/10
Leeds United’s undisputed key man bagged his 10th Premier League goal of the season in some style. And the Spaniard could well have had a hattrick if not for Fabianski’s heroics in the West Ham goal. One thing is for certain, Leeds have got to keep Rodrigo fit and firing because he is their best chance of avoiding relegation.
Jack Harrison – 7/10
Came on and made a real impact when Leeds needed him most. Picked up some nice pockets in between the lines, and that’s where his assist for Rodrigo’s equaliser came from. He may not be starter for Marsch right now, but Harrison remains a pivotal player in Marsch’s squad. Registering two key passes and an assist in 27 minutes of action is a decent night’s work.
Mateusz Klich – 6/10
Came on and recorded some nice touches in possession, but it’s clear his influence on this Leeds team is waning. A swift departure is on the cards.
Sam Greenwood – N/A
Joe Gelhardt – N/A
In other Leeds United news, this player has just made his final appearance for the club.