Leeds United vs Leicester City match analysis and player of the game report.
Leeds United’s second season since return to the top flight turns out to be much tougher than expected. After a fairly impressive campaign last season, finishing mid-table, Marcelo Bielsa’s men are still stuck nearby the relegation zone. One of the main reason for their lack of goal scoring so far is the absence of their prolific striker, Patrick Bamford who is still sidelined due to his injury. On the other hand, Spaniard Rodrigo Moreno has not been much of a suitable for a classic forward.
In this weekend’s game while hosting Leicester City, Bielsa opted for deploying ex Manchester United player, Daniel James as the false nine in 4-1-4-1 formation. Unfortunately, it did not work out. The Whites were the dominant side in terms of attacking but yet again they were unable to break the deadlock despite several chances in the six-yard box. They eventually took the lead through Raphinha’s curling free kick. Yet, their advantage did not last for long as Harvey Barnes managed to find the equaliser minutes later. At the second half, both sides were attempting to put themselves upfront but neither side succeeded. Leeds and Leicester City have to share one point a piece. At least, they did not repeat a negative result at home, just like against West Ham back in late September.
Leeds winger Raphinha was awarded as the man of the match at last. The Brazilian International was not only scoring but he was also involved at the defensive phase making interceptions and clearance. Sadly, he was not able to optimise his shots to increase his goal tally.
Meanwhile, The Foxes should be thankful to Harvey Barnes who managed to put his team back on the level terms so quickly. He was featuring as the left winger in Brendan Rodgers’ 4-3-3, which could be in transition to 3-4-1-2.
Lets check out Raphina’s MOTM worthy stats:
Minutes played: 90
Pass accuracy %: 67.7
Goal contribution: 1 goal
Shots (on target): 3(1)
Cross completion: 8
Key Passes: 4
Aerial duels won: 1