A much needed win after what happened on Wednesday night and some players have had a very good week after the result and performance. Leeds saw of Barnsley with ease in reality, the returning Felix Wiedwald not having to make many saves at all. Overall it was a very important win and one that we deserved. There are still many things to work on but overall a good day at the office.
Felix Wiedwald – 7 – I said he had to start today and he got our first clean sheet in what seems a very long time. His distribution was good and he commanded the area much better, punching when under pressure. The defence seemed more confident with him behind and overall it was a steady performance.
Luke Ayling – 7 – Ayling hasn’t been playing well at all in recent times but against Boro and the again today he was much better. Got involved in an early incident which I haven’t seen back but he seemed to have his side under control start to finish. Better going forward and more sure of himself on the ball.
Pontus Jansson – 7 – We didn’t ever look like we would concede and when balls did come into the box he often won the headers. Wasn’t phased by Tom Bradshaw who can be a tricky player and looked much better than he did a few days ago.
Liam Cooper – 7 – He was very poor at Wolves and could have a few of the goals on his doorstep but he was willing to put it all on the line to get a clean sheet today. A couple of blocks that made me wince in that weather but he took them for the team, so much better.
Gaetano Berardi – 5 – I actually don’t know why he is played on the left when he struggles so much playing with that foot. He was caught out with balls over his head today and although he made a couple of very good last-ditch clearances he wasn’t at his best, one of the weaker areas of the side.
Kalvin Phillips – 6 – I have a couple of friends who weren’t impressed today so on reflection I may look at his performance differently but I thought he was much the better of the two in the middle. Didn’t do much on ball but treated it like a Yorkshire Derby and grafted.
Eunan O’Kane – 5 – I thought O’Kane was probably our lowest performer today and he didn’t play his game at all. Didn’t drive or keep the ball well and wasn’t really in the game or getting stuck in. I expect Vieira to be back in the side come Friday night.
Gjanni Alioksi – 8 – Looking like the player we thought when we first signed him now and I’m delighted he is finding his feet. I think he’s been one of the poorest through the bad run but three goals in six days and two very good performances to go with it. Beauty of a pass for opener and lovely finish for second.
Samu Saiz – 8 – #PASMOM – On another level again today and teams must be wondering where we have picked him up from. I haven’t seen a player use his strength at Leeds like he does, despite his size and the physical side of the league. Needs to release the ball quicker at times but honestly we are blessed to have him at the club, and he appreciates the fans, constantly looking and smiling as his name was sung.
Pablo Hernandez – 6 – Wasn’t at his best today but certainly wasn’t a bad performance. A few very nice passes and one especially for Ekuban towards the end of his game. Worked hard again and I fully expect him to start on Friday against Villa.
Caleb Ekuban – 8 – Despite not scoring I couldn’t take my eyes off the Ghanaian striker. He caused the Barnsley centre-backs all sorts of issues and others like Saiz benefitted massively. I honestly think he is going to be a crucial player for us, and today I can’t speak highly enough of his desire and work-rate. The goals will come.
Kemar Roofe – 6
Conor Shaughnessy – 6
Jay-Roy Grot – 6