Note - In first half Leeds United’s stream of this game bordered on unwatchable unfortunately. Making this job more difficult than normal. Was better second half but not great.
Leeds United came away from their trip to York City with a 1-1 draw. Leeds first half performance was really poor but they improved and managed to get an equaliser in the second half. The performance never reached a particularly high level but some players got much-needed minutes and that is as important as anything in pre-season. In the second half Leeds were the better side and, but for a couple of York chances, Leeds looked the more likely to get a winner.
Leeds had particular trouble at set-pieces and with long balls forward (particularly in the first half) and that is something Leeds will have to look at, given the midfielders at centre-back experiment is likely to continue.
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.
Kamil Miazek - A couple of decent saves in the first half to deny Newton’s Free-Kick and another to deny Bencherif. One iffy moment where he came for a low ball and didn’t take it cleanly. No chance with header which has to go down as a collective failure as no-one got close to marking well-traveled versatile player A.Trialist. One of the best Leeds players first half, which isn’t saying much. 6.5/10
Decent free kick for York, Miazek does well. #lufc #MOT— Mighty Whites Pod (@mightywhitespod) July 19, 2018
Jamie Shackleton - Took an apalling throw-in which lead to Leeds conceding the corner from which York scored, a bit of a schoolboy error. Had Leeds best first half chance a couple of minutes before Half-Time. Broke into the box using his pace but was denied well by the keeper.
Did well to win the ball back on edge of York box, his pull back found Dalby but his touch was poor. Looked more impressive when he had a bit more freedom to get forward in the second half. Looked really impressive physically, would like to see more of him. 7/10
44' Jamie Shackleton breaks into the York box and Bartlett makes a fine save to keep York in front 1-0— Leeds United (@LUFC) July 19, 2018
Ronaldo Vieira - Did not look comfortable and got caught out by a couple of long balls first half but had enough pace to get back in and cover for it. As with most of the players he looked better second half than first half. 5/10
What a waste playing Vieira at the back. The lad looks completely out of place #lufc— Ronnie Hult (@ronniehult) July 19, 2018
Mateusz Klich - A couple of decent blocks and looked more comfortable with the role than Vieira and De Bock in the opening 20mins. Decision making was poor at times though to give away a few soft free-kicks in positions he did not need to. Definitely the most comfortable of the back three in the first half, was particularly impressive with his intent as he brought the ball out of from the back. His passing was a bit wayward at times but he impressed enough to think he could have a future under Bielsa.
#lufc To sum up Klich ran the show, Baker got something for sure but looked rusty. Pearce, Miazek and especiallly Shackleton impressive. Massive question marks over squad depth very evident though.— Ian Stevens (@lufcstevens82) July 19, 2018
Moved into midfield for the second half following the introduction of Hugo Diaz. Hit the bar with a good effort which lead to Dalby’s equaliser. Had a great effort from 30 yards that was well saved. Very impressive. Man Of The Match. 7.5/10
Klich gotta be given a go looks good #LUFC— Dean croxall (@Deanoc72) July 19, 2018
Laurens De Bock - Passing poor early and allowed York in behind him with a mistake. Made a recovery tackle for the corner that lead to the goal but that challenge could well have been a penalty.
Showed decent pace to get back in early in the second half when York broke the offside trap but positioning before that was poor. Showed the pace again after 85 mins when he caught up as York broke clean through, had a much better second half than first half. Made a few mistakes but also got out of trouble well. A lot of work to do to turn around opinions on him after some of the debacles we saw last season but he did ok here. 6/10
Jake Wright almost gets one-v-one for York but De Bock recovers with a sliding tackle as Wright shapes to shoot on the edge of the box. 1-1 on 86 mins. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) July 19, 2018
Tom Pearce - Clarke pulling wide so much in the first half seemed to restrict the space for his forward runs, did ok defensively but had less responsibility on that front than normal.
Lucky to get away without a yellow card early in the second half, showed some good pace going forward but had a relatively quiet day, did well to get to the byline a couple of times including one good cross for Dalby late on. 6/10
83' Pearce gets to the byline and crosses for Dalby, he does well to get his head on it under pressure, but can't get the better of Bartlett 1-1— Leeds United (@LUFC) July 19, 2018
Yosuke Ideguchi - Showed some decent pace and energy and made a couple of good tackles in the opening 10 minutes. After that, disappeared a bit for rest of the half. Did some good work out on the right hand side in the second half and showed some confident touches. 6/10
Good to see Ideguchi in a Leeds shirt! #lufc— Jack Forster (@JackForster92) July 19, 2018
Jordan Stevens - Very quiet first half. Couldn’t seem to decide whether he was playing on the right or in the middle (this was more looking lost than playing in a fluid formation). A few nice touches in the last 5 minutes of the half. 4.5/10
Lewis Baker - Not able to get close enough to Edmondson in the first half, had a decent free-kick saved after about 35mins. In the second half showed some better touches and stood up to the physical test better than some of his teammates. 6.5/10
I thought Baker seemed very good and he always, always, always looked to create things. Ideguchi I thought seemed okayy, could be a good prospect. I thought when Diaz came on he was class and Klich seemed to play a lot better in the second half at cm #lufc— Joe Griffiths (@joeb_gri) July 19, 2018
Jack Clarke - Had a quiet first half, similar positional issues to those of Jordan Stevens. However, he had some threatening runs which gave him a higher score than his right sided counterpart. Got closer to Dalby in the second half than Edmondson in the first half and showed glimpses of the player we saw show great potential in the u23s last season. Not his best day. 6/10
There will be a lot of focus on the negatives so here’s a positive - Jack Clarke #lufc— Dale Brown (@dale_brown_) July 19, 2018
Ryan Edmondson - A good ball across the ball after about 30mins to win a corner but that was his first real chance to anything in the game. Very isolated in the first half. His best bit of play was an exchange of passes with Shackleton that lead to Leeds best chance of the half. 5/10
Really hard to take much from that half. A very mixed bag of a Leeds side with youngsters, players out of position and some unfamiliar combinations.— West Yorkshire Sport (@WYSdaily) July 19, 2018
Call it a night for hard work - Edmondson looks like he’s got through a fair bit judging by the colour of his shirt.#LUFC pic.twitter.com/taWI7AGdiP
Will Huffer (for Miazek, HT) - Made a fantastic save only a minute after coming on when Leeds again gave up on marking and allowed York 5 yards of space in the middle of the area. Able to get a punch out for a corner when Leeds again left players unmarked at a set-piece. First save was the best save of the match but had less to do than Miazek overall, similar level of performance for the two keepers. 6.5/10
Should be 2 for York.— West Yorkshire Sport (@WYSdaily) July 19, 2018
Great cross from the left, Burrow’s strike from just a couple of yard out well blocked by Leeds’ Huffer and the home team can’t force it home before the linesman’s flag is raised. 1-0.#LUFC
Hugo Diaz (for Stevens, HT) - Looked more comfortable at the back than players in the first half, being an actual centre-back, did make moves into midfield at time. Got booked late on for a foul which was a fair decision. 6/10
Diaz has looked better at the back since he's come in.— Thru It All Together (@ThruItAllLUFC) July 19, 2018
Sam Dalby (for Edmondson, HT) - Good poachers instinct to turn home the rebound after Klich hit the bar. Had a decent header blocked from a corner. Looked far more involved than Edmondson was first half. 7/10
⚽ | As #LUFC press for a second, we take a look at Sam Dalby's 57th minute opener for The Whites... pic.twitter.com/zvsyrg1SL8— Leeds United (@LUFC) July 19, 2018