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Barry Douglas & Jack Harrison Impress | Leeds United Players Rated In Win Over Blackburn Rovers

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

Leeds United returned to winning ways today afternoon by securing a comfortable 3-1 win over Blackburn Rovers. The Whites were on top throughout the game, with goals from Patrick Bamford, Kalvin Phillips and Mateusz Klich making sure that Adam Armstrong’s 48th-minute goal was only a consolation.

Leeds United Player Ratings Vs Blackburn Rovers

Illan Meslier 5/10

Illan Meslier had very little to do this afternoon. He did look nervy at times and was beaten by Armstrong early in the second half. He won’t be happy, having missed out on the clean sheet.

Luke Ayling 7/10

Luke Ayling had a disastrous start to the game when he almost handed Blackburn a goal by trying to play out from the back. But, the right-back grew into the game and eventually established himself on the right flank.

Ben White 8/10

Ben White was one of the best performers this afternoon. His willingness to move up the pitch and dictate the build-up play was eye-catching while the Englishman also showed tremendous zest during defensive phases.

Liam Cooper 7/10

While White was marching forward, distributing the possession, Liam Cooper provided the much-needed defensive cover. He was reliable for the most part of the game, although missing out on the clean sheet will indeed be disappointing.

Barry Douglas 8/10

Filling in for the injured Stuart Dallas, Barry Douglas had a fantastic game at left-back. He was solid throughout the game, especially when it comes to rotating possession in the higher areas of the pitch. The defender provided some much-needed offensive support to Ezgjan Alioski.

Leeds United Player Ratings Vs Blackburn Rovers - A top display from Barry Douglas
BRISTOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 04: Barry Douglas of Leeds United on the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on August 04, 2019 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

Kalvin Phillips 8/10

Phillips’ exquisite goal was free-kick helped Leeds United further their grip in the game. It was a fantastic effort indeed, but his game was not only restricted to just the free-kick goal. His combination with White was eye-catching, and his presence in the middle of the park was crucial in helping the Whites dominate the midfield.

Ezgjan Alioski 7.5/10

Yet another impressive display from Alioski, who provided the threat on the left flank. His willingness to close down defenders and find spaces made life difficult for the Blackburn defenders.

Mateusz Klich 8/10

Klich had an excellent game this afternoon. He was the one who created the turnover that led to the all-important opener while the Pole also scored the third, albeit from a deflected effort. His aggression, tenacity and leadership were crucial in helping Leeds secure all three points.

Tyler Roberts 7.5/10

Tyler Roberts once again showed promise with some excellent movement and combination play in the first half. The Welshman is making a strong case for being Leeds United’s first-choice attacking midfielder next season.

Jack Harrison 8.5/10

Arguably the best performer of the game, Jack Harrison was a menace for the Blackburn defenders throughout the course the game. He was always willing to attack the position and looked threatening whenever he had possession. Although the Manchester City star couldn’t find the back of the net, it was indeed an elite offensive display.

Patrick Bamford 8/10

Patrick Bamford returned to his usual form, boosted by an early goal that stemmed from an excellent one-touch finish. Even aside from the goal, the ex-Chelsea starlet looked fresh and sharp with his offensive movements and led the line responsibly.


Pablo Hernandez 7/10

Pablo Hernandez made a decent impact after replacing Roberts in the second half. The Spaniard provided that x-factor in Leeds’ chance creation, always looking for that defence-threading through ball.

Jamie Shackleton

A late replacement for Klich.

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