Live from Thorp Arch: Poveda rated, one player 9/10 - Leeds U23 player ratings in win v Bolton
Leeds United Under-23s returned to league action on Monday with a 4-1 win against Bolton Wanderers’ youngsters at Thorp Arch.
Carlos Corberan made a number of changes for the fixture with senior defender Gaetano Berardi and January signing Ian Poveda starting.
The Whites dominated the first-half and went into the break two goals to the good – Liam McCarron and Niall Huggins finding the net.
It was all the same in the second half, with Bobby Kamwa and Jordan Stevens adding two more goals.
Despite being dominated, the away side grabbed themselves a consolation goal minutes after Elia Caprile made a great penalty save.
Here are our MOT Leeds News player ratings from the 4-1 win:
Elia Caprile – 7
Had very, very little to do. Bolton couldn’t get into the final third to test Caprile – the sign of a good keeper is one who is alert always, and his penalty save was superb. Credit where it is due, the Italian’s distribution was much better than it was in the defeat against Derby on Friday.
Gaetano Berardi – 7
Solid half-an-hour from the Swiss enforcer. Playing at left-back he struggled with his delivery but didn’t give the Bolton winger a sniff.
Oliver Casey – 8
Very solid when captaining the side. Casey hasn’t been at the top of his game recently but stepped up on Monday. He dominated the Bolton forward line with ease and was calm in possession when spreading it around the back.
Charlie Cresswell – 8
An afternoon with little to do for Cresswell, who still held his high and looked asserted. He was vocally excellent, guiding the likes of Huggins who were playing in new positions.
Niall Huggins – 8
Despite moving into right-back, Huggins still offered so much going forward. The Welshman got his goal and consistently beat his opposing full-back way too easily – had very little to do in defence.
Jack Jenkins – 7
Another solid performance in midfield from Jenkins. The youngster put his head where it hurts at times and was a good pivot for the Whites in possession.
Bobby Kamwa – 7
Kamwa is slowly getting used to his new role as a central striker in Ryan Edmondson’s absence. His pace was a big factor in him excelling, and despite his final ball being poor, his positioning gifted him a goal.
Ian Poveda – 7
Seemed reluctant to shoot at times, but Poveda is slowly starting to come into his own. The winger squared up his man and beat him with ease at times before whipping in a decent delivery – that directness could catch the eye of Marcelo Bielsa.
Theo Hudson – 9
Hudson is growing with confidence with each game he plays in midfield. He gets on the ball so often and always looks to best his man, Bolton simply couldn’t deal with him.
Liam McCarron – 7
One of his better performances after being quiet recently. McCarron got his goal with a lovely finish and caused constant problems for the Bolton defence.
Stuart McKinstry – 6
One of the quieter performances we’ve seen from the youngster. The likes of Poveda and Hudson got on the ball much more often. McKinstry has been superb recently but lacked that cutting edge on Monday.
Barry Douglas – 7, Jordan Stevens – 7, Alfie McCalmont – 6
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