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Three thing we learned from York City 0-5 Leeds United

The Whites opened the 2019 pre-season calendar with a 5-0 rout over local side York City at Bootham Crescent

York City v Leeds United - Pre-Season Friendly
The players warm-up ahead of their opening pre-season match.
Photo by George Wood/Getty Images

Leeds United ran-out 5-0 winners over York City at Bootham Crescent Wednesday evening as the Whites began the pre-season diet in good form. Goals from Jack Harrison, Kemar Roofe, Pablo Hernandez and Adam Forshaw ensured the win for the Whites, so here’s what we learned from tonight’s match:

Intensity the key ingredient

Bielsa is renowned for his high pressure style, and the Leeds fans and players on show are certainly used to it now. This intensity continued with high octane play running right the way through the ninety, with every ball lost, it was regained within an instant. Pablo Hernandez and Kemar Roofe were causing problems all over the park, while the defence were rarely tested.

Harrison high-flying on his return

Though a pre-season friendly, Jack Harrison was a stand-out performer. He came into the game with a lot of energy and used it to end up with two goals and an assist, with a couple of chances to complete the hat-trick being denied by the keeper before his sixty minutes came to an end. Very good performance from him in particular, let’s hope he continues in this positive vein.

Kids’ club show their class

The under-23s were given a run-out for the last half hour, with a number of youngsters catching the eye. New boy, Liam McCarron showed glimpses of his quick attacking play, while Mujica was unlucky not to score having had a couple chances. Robbie Gotts of course caught the eye, while Clarke Odour also made a good account of himself, appearing all over the pitch, and didn’t once look out of place, from the wing, centre of midfield or even fullback as we’ve come to see him play. Under-18s starlet Oliver Casey came up with a particularly good performance in the number four, later dropping into centre-half alongside Bryce Hosannah, while Strujik also played well at centre half and left back. Alfie McCalmont also played in the first eleven, with a classy display in holding midfield. Overall, the youngsters showed a great diversity in different playing positions, as all looked so comfortable out there on that pitch with the ball at their feet.