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6.5/10 Harrison The Only Positive | Leeds United Players Rated In Defeat To Brighton And Hove Albion

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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 awful run of form continues as they succumb to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Brighton & Hove Albion. The Whites simply failed to find their footing in this game and really threaten the opposing backline with their usual high intense play. As a result, Neal Maupay’s goal early in the second half proved to be the only difference between the two sides this evening.

Leeds United Player Ratings Vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Kiko Casilla 6/10

Filling in for Illan Meslier, Kiko Casilla did show signs of weakness at times. For the large parts, however, he was barely tested, with the Seagulls managing only two shots on target.

Stuart Dallas 6/10

Stuart Dallas had a decent game compared to his teammates. His forays down the flanks were particularly impressive, although it wasn’t enough to breach the Brighton backline.

Luke Ayling 4/10

Mr Reliable for Leeds United in defence, Luke Ayling had a nightmare dealing with Neal Maupay. The Frenchman’s smart movements completely deceived the Englishman, who was rattled, to say the least.

Liam Cooper 6/10

Liam Cooper had a relatively solid game compared to Ayling. He looked competent in defence and took care of most of the long balls from the opposition, especially in the second half.

Ezgjan Alioski 4/10

It was yet another below-par performance from Ezgjan Alioski. The left-back simply didn’t impress enough going forward and was rightfully taken off early on in the second half.

Pascal Struijk 4/10

Pascal Struijk had a difficult time replacing Kalvin Phillips in the middle of the park. He misplaced a few passes and simply didn’t look competent enough to deal with the likes of Ben White and Pascal Gross.

Leeds United Player Ratings Vs Brighton & Hove Albion - Struijk is no Phillips alternative.
Brighton’s South African striker Percy Tau (L) vies with Leeds United’s Dutch defender Pascal Struijk (R) during the English Premier League football match between Leeds United and Brighton and Hove Albion at Elland Road in Leeds, northern England on January 16, 2021. (Photo by PETER POWELL / 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 PETER POWELL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Jack Harrison 6.5/10

Jack Harrison enjoyed some good attacking moments on the right flank, linking up well with Dallas. Unlike in recent matches, the on-loan Manchester City winger looked sharp, often desperate to get the better of his opposing defenders.

Rodrigo 4/10

Rodrigo had a miserable game in the final third this evening. The Spaniard never really managed to impose his authority going forward, often looking lacklustre in possession.

Mateusz Klich 5/10

Mateusz Klich struggled to influence the game in the absence of Phillips. The Pole was not even involved in the proceedings too much to cause any real problems for the Brighton defence.

Raphinha 5/10

It was one of those occasional bad games for Raphinha. The Leeds United winger did provide one solid cross to set up Patrick Bamford in the first half but his influence diminished after that.

Patrick Bamford 5/10

Yet another poor display from Bamford in front of goal. The forward wasn’t sharp enough to convert the chances he had, including an excellent cross from Raphinha in the first-half. His movements were decent, but the Leeds United star needs to offer a bit more in terms of productivity.

SUBSTITUTES

Tyler Roberts 6/10

Replaced the ineffective Rodrigo around the hour mark and was equally ineffective, aside from a couple of impressive dribbles and forays into the final third.

Pablo Hernandez 6/10

Pablo Hernandez was brought in midway through the second half in order to provide that additional creativity. The move worked to an extent but wasn’t reciprocated by the attackers.

Ian Poveda N/A

A late replacement for Raphinha.

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