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Llorente And Firpo Gets 7.5 | Leeds United Players Rated In Hard-Fought Win Vs Watford

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Leeds United entertained Watford at Elland Road earlier today as they hoped to grab maximum points at home. The Whites made a bright start to the game and got their noses ahead in the 18th minute courtesy of Diego Llorente’s excellent finish. Marcelo Bielsa’s men kept a good shape at the back and went into the half-time break with a one-goal lead.

Both teams canceled each other out in the second half as the match ended with the West Yorkshire outfit grinding out a 1-0 victory in front of their home supporters.

Let’s take a look at how each Leeds United player fared during the clash against the Hornets.

GK: Illan Meslier – 6.5/10

The Whites goalie pulled off one save in the game and secured an easy clean sheet today.

RB: Jamie Shackleton – 7/10

Shackleton made some strong tackles and didn’t take too many risks when clearing his lines at the back.

CB: Diego Llorente – 7.5/10

Llorente gave his team the lead with a great finish in the 18th minute. He defended with conviction inside his half and has also got a clean sheet to show for his efforts.

CB: Liam Cooper – 7/10

He maintained a solid defensive shape inside his half and did enough to restrict the opposition from scoring.

Leeds United players rated in hard-fought win vs Watford (Leeds United players are seen in the picture)
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LB: Junior Firpo – 7.5/10

The Spaniard kept a good shape at the back and made a couple of key chances for his teammates to score.

CDM: Kalvin Phillips – 7/10

Phillips made a couple of good tackles but struggled to get a foothold in the game at times during the game.

RM: Raphinha – 7/10

The Brazilian winger had plenty of chances to find the back of the net but didn’t have his shooting boots on today.

CM: Stuart Dallas – 7/10

Dallas was a constant threat in the Watford half and even made two key chances in the final third.

CM: Mateusz Klich – 7/10

Klich was always willing to get forward and join in on the attack. However, he didn’t do enough to get his name on the scoresheet.

LM: Daniel James – 6/10

The ex-Manchester United winger flattered to deceive with his performance in the opponent’s half.

ST: Rodrigo – 7/10

The Spanish striker engineered a few promising openings for others around him but there was no goal for him today.


ST: Tyler Roberts – 6.5/10

Roberts had a couple of shots after coming off the bench.

CB: Pascal Struijk – N/A

He hardly had any time to make an impact in the game.

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