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Leeds player ratings - Leeds 5 - 0 Burton

Leeds battered Burton in a very impressive performance, but how did each player rate?

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Leeds United produced a fantastic display to destroy Burton Albion and run out 5-0 winners against Nigel Clough’s side.

Time now to look at each player and how they performed. As always you can tell me how wrong I am @mightywhitespod or @ThruItAllLUFC on twitter.


Felix Wiedwald - Nothing to do in terms of saves to make but possibly the most he has had to do with his feet. Had one clearance closed down but overall distributed the ball well, including one particularly good ball out to Dallas which resulted in a goal. 7/10

Luke Ayling - A performance typical of the man. Got forward well when the opportunity presented itself allowing him and Roofe to double up on Stephen Warnock, had very little to do defensively but what he did have to do, he did well. Everytime I watch him play I find it harder to believe how little he cost. 8/10

Pontus Jansson - Completely untroubled by Burton’s attacks, closest he came to a mistake was when Leeds had already won the game and overconfidence resulted in a small amount of overplaying at the back. On another day could have scored from a set-piece. Still haven’t conceded with him in the side. 8/10

Liam Cooper - Didn’t have much to do, but did everything he could well. Another solid performance for the skipper who has proved himself as worthy of his starting place once Matthew Pennington returns. 8/10

Vernon Anita - Doubled up well down the left in a similar way to Ayling but looked slightly less dangerous. Unfortunately, picked up an injury and had to replaced at HT, one of our lower scorers out of 10, when he gets a 7 that shows how well the team played. 7/10

Kalvin Phillips - Another goal towards his personal target of 10 for the season, which was a very good finish on his weaker foot. Went straight through Burton’s midfield like they weren’t there. Cracking performance. 8/10

Eunan O’Kane - Weight of pass for the opening goal was superb, a couple of mistimed passes early on but fantastic composure in the middle of the park and showed the quality we all know he has. Him and Phillips allowed the front four the freedom to punish a Burton side who were made to look very poor. 8/10

Kemar Roofe - Moved from the central striker postition but scored (in my opinion) the pick of the goals which I was right behind from the Kop. Showed great composure to set up Lasogga’s 2nd goal. More than anything, showed why at the moment he cannot be dropped from this side. 8.5/10

Samu Saiz - He really is so much fun to watch. Saiz and Hernandez ran the show, both were involved in so many good moves. Looks like when he is on form he will be consistenly a cut above this league. 9/10

Pablo Hernandez - Similar story to Saiz really. If I went into a smaller differential than .5 points he would be slightly higher than Saiz due to scoring the penalty but both were far too good for the opposition today. Hernandez at his brilliant best. 9/10

Pierre-Michel Lasogga - Second best debut of the season after Samuel Saiz against Port Vale. Two goals, hit the post, linked up brilliantly and won far more accurate knockdowns than we saw his predecessor manage, 100% passing accuracy. A class above, and deserves every bit of praise he receives for the performance. 9.5/10


Stuart Dallas (for Anita, HT) - Came on for the injured Anita at HT. Previously played a few minutes at full-back but this was a better chance to show what he can do in that position. However, Leeds were so dominant that he basically played as a winger anyway. Another solid performance for the Northern Irishman. 7/10

Mateusz Klich (for O’Kane, 56mins) - The game was already won when he came on but in my opinion this was his best performance in a Leeds shirt so far. Kept the ball well, played some neat one-twos to bring Leeds forward. Not enough to say he should make the XI by any means but did himself no harm. 7/10

Jay-Roy Grot (for Lasogga, 62mins) - A bit quiet to be honest. Had one decent effort blocked but other than that not much to say. Probably Leeds’ worst performer on the day and he wasn’t bad by any means. For most of his time on the pitch Leeds had eased off totally as the job was done. 6/10

No way around it. Today was a pleasure to watch. I am trying everything not to get too excited but if we continue that level of performance in attack and our defence continues it’s current form we will be right up there. A fantastic performance and hopefully we see more of the same on Tuesday against Birmingham City.