Needless to say the London curse continues for Leeds. One win in our last 23 away league game in the capital (W1, D6, L16). Stretch that to one win in 25 across all competitions. #LUFC— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) January 2, 2021
Leeds played some good stuff in the first half but a couple of mistakes, followed by the terrifying Son-Kane combination gave Spurs a 2-0 half-time lead.
The first goal was two mistakes. Illan Meslier missed his target with a pass to give the ball away, before Ezgjan Alioski tackled from the wrong side on Steven Bergwijn. It was a poor challenge, but in real time it looked outside the area - and replays have not convinced me otherwise. Harry Kane put the penalty down the middle to give Spurs the lead.
I’m sorry but that’s outside the box I do not care want anyone says pic.twitter.com/LUJrKbDsCR— Premier Leeds. (@NothingButLUFC) January 2, 2021
There was no controversy about the second goal. Every Leeds fan was terrified of the Son-Kane combination and it was shown why. Kane with a good cross, Son Heung-Min with good movement and an excellent first time finish. 2-0.
The match was over as a contest early in the second half. A free-kick was given for a non-existent foul on Harry Kane, taken quickly and lead to a corner - we know what happens from them. Swung in by Son, Alderweireld header, and Meslier carried it over the line.
Leeds started to have a lot of the game after that, but Spurs were always comfortable and forced Meslier in to a few more good saves. By the end of the game, the better team won, but a three goal margin was a bit harsh.
Illan Meslier - Played an awful pass to give the ball away leading to the penalty which opened the scoring. Had two options and missed them both. Something like that is always going to happen at some point with the job he is asked to do. There is an argument he could have saved the third goal too, having given away the corner by spilling a ball he should have caught. Made a few good saves late on. Not his best day. 5/10
Stuart Dallas - Pretty good at both right-back and left-back. Lost Son for the second goal but that was a very difficult run to do anything about. 6.5/10
Luke Ayling - Looked good in the CB role again, but played a couple of really poor passes which put Leeds in trouble, far from the only one to do so today. 6/10
Pascal Struijk - Solid game throughout, made fewer mistakes than those around him but went to ground early on the second goal. 6.5/10
Ezgjan Alioski - One of Leeds more effective players going forward for the first 25 minutes. Tackled from the wrong side to give away a penalty for the opening goal. Got done a couple of times following that. After the opening 25 his performance became a poor one, struggled against Spurs admittedly gifted front line. 5/10
Leeds have conceded more penalties than any other Premier League side this season (6). #LUFC— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) January 2, 2021
Kalvin Phillips - Passed the ball well and made fewer mistakes than most. Unfortunately when he did make one late on he got booked and will now be suspended. 6/10
Raphinha - Couple of moments of quality including an excellent cross that was headed over but nowhere near his best. 6/10
Mateusz Klich - Passed the ball ok but lost possession more than he’d like. Also, can’t remember him winning possession back at all, nevermind as much as he does when he plays well. 6/10
Rodrigo - Pretty quiet in the first half despite some nice touches. Second half went from quiet to actively poor. Looks off the pace when tracking his man, looks like a man playing in an unfamiliar role. Fine that deep against sides we can dominate, less fine against the better sides. 5/10
Jack Harrison - Couple of decent crosses, plenty of effort. Was fine. 5.5/10
Patrick Bamford - Had a couple of chances in the first half but they weren’t easy ones. Held up the ball well when it came up to him. Suffered from a lack of service today. 6/10
Ian Poveda (for Harrison, 60mins) - Looked bright and tried to make things happen, but didn’t really make anything happen. 6/10
Jamie Shackleton (for Alioski, 63mins) - Did fine down the right, but nothing major to mention. 6/10
Pablo Hernandez (for Rodrigo, 64mins) - A good cameo with some incisive passing. Looked to beat his man when he could. There will certainly be calls for him to replace Rodrigo. 6.5/10