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5/10 Duo Harrison And Dallas Poor | Leeds United Players Rated In Defeat To West Ham

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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’s poor record at home continues as they slump to yet another 2-1 defeat to West Ham this evening. The Whites were again wasteful in front of goal and despite finding an early opener through Mateusz Klich, they couldn’t manage to keep it together in defence. The Hammers took full advantage of that by scoring both their goals through set-pieces.

Leeds United Player Ratings Vs West Ham

Illan Meslier 7.5/10

Illan Meslier could have done a lot better in saving Tomas Soucek’s effort for the first goal but the Frenchman made amends with a host of excellent saves throughout the game. An unfortunate evening for the young goalkeeper.

Stuart Dallas 5/10

A difficult evening for Stuart Dallas, who had to operate in several positions. He struggled defensively and didn’t get too much freedom going forward.

Luke Ayling 7/10

Luke Ayling was by far Leeds United’s best defender of the evening. The Englishman was solid and decisive, showcasing his ability to read the game. Did look troubled during the final phase of the game though.

Liam Cooper 6.5/10

Liam Cooper barely put a foot wrong in the game up until the moment when he misjudged a corner and allowed Angelo Ogbonna to head home the winner for West Ham.

Ezgjan Alioski 6/10

Ezgjan Alioski was involved in the game, particularly with his forays down the flanks. Unfortunately, he had to be subbed off at half-time due to a yellow card.

Kalvin Phillips 7.5/10

Kalvin Phillips was one of the few good performers for Leeds United in this match. The England international was simply exquisite in the middle of the park as he effortlessly distributed possession and produced some remarkable long, diagonal balls.

Leeds United Player Ratings Vs West Ham - The only positive for Leeds.
West Ham United’s Algerian midfielder Said Benrahma (R) vies with Leeds United’s English midfielder Kalvin Phillips during the English Premier League football match between Leeds United and West Ham United at Elland Road in Leeds, northern England on December 11, 2020. (Photo by Gareth Copley / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by GARETH COPLEY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Raphinha 6.5/10

Raphinha was industrious as ever, hovering across the final third desperately trying to create a chance for the home side. Unfortunately, it was not the game for the Brazilian as he failed to find a clear opening.

Mateusz Klich 6/10

Mateusz Klich made some good runs as he always does but there was a lack of penetration in his offensive passes. The Pole did, however, score the opener with a calmly taken spot-kick.

Rodrigo Moreno 6.5/10

Rodrigo Moreno had an excellent chance to restore parity late in the game but he failed to direct his header away from Lukasz Fabianski. The Spaniard was, however, quite a useful outlet for Leeds going forward, though he did lack penetration.

Jack Harrison 5/10

It was a relatively quiet evening for Jack Harrison. He wasn’t involved much in the game, struggling to create chances before being subbed off at half-time.

Patrick Bamford 6/10

It was yet another disappointing performance for Patrick Bamford at home. The ex-Chelsea forward was evidently misfiring and was given very little freedom by the West Ham defenders.

SUBSTITUTES

Jamie Shackleton 5/10

Showed a lot of promise after replacing Alioski at half-time, offering some useful runs behind the backline. But, his influence faded as the game progressed.

Helder Costa 5/10

Struggled to make an impact after coming on for the equally ineffective Harrison at half-time.

Tyler Roberts 5/10

A late replacement for Bamford. Failed to create a chance for himself.

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