Poor Alioski, Brilliant Hernandez – The best and the worst rated Leeds stars vs Swansea City

Full Time: Swansea City 2-2 Leeds United

Leeds United continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 2-2 draw against Swansea City away at the Liberty Stadium in Wales. Pablo Hernandez scored the decisive equaliser 11 minutes from time to help Leeds win a point.

Swansea’s Oliver McBurnie scored mid-way through the first-half before Kemar Roofe continued his good form in front of goal with a close-range finish 15 minutes later. McBurnie put Graham Potter’s men ahead once more with a headed finish, only for Hernandez to score late on.

Here’s how Bielsa’s men fared in a tough away game against a very good opponent:

Leeds United player ratings

Bailey Peacock-Farrell (7)

Couldn’t have done much to save either of Swansea goals. Made a wicked one-on-one save later on to preserve the point.

Jamie Shackleton (6.5)

Assisted Roofe’s goal, which was impressive, to say the least. He was included in the starting line-up very late because of Liam Cooper pulling up in the warm-up. Started slowly but picked up the pace later on.

Gaetano Berardi (5.5)

Was circumspect throughout the game even though the team had control. He looks shaky while containing a player going past him. Made some good blocks though.

Luke Ayling

Luke Ayling (6.5)

Was made to play in central defence and performed well. Kept a dangerous McBurnie in check.

Barry Douglas (5)

Not a very good night for the former Wolves left-back. Maybe he has set his standards high that matching them is not so easy.

Kalvin Phillips (3.5)

Got an early yellow card. It looks like Bielsa wasn’t impressed at how an out-paced Phillips looked from the first minute. He was eventually subbed off inside 30 minutes after Swansea wrecked havoc.

Pablo Hernandez

Pablo Hernandez (6.5)

Won the point for Leeds with a well-taken goal at the back-post eleven minutes from time but he was quiet apart from that. He tried hard but it just wouldn’t happen for him tonight.

Samuel Saiz (5)

Was marked tightly by Swansea players for most of the game. He couldn’t find space to operate and maybe the referee could have been a bit less harsh on him at times.

Mateusz Klich (5.5)

Was pushed to a deeper-lying role once Phillips was hooked before half-time. The Pole was not able to find much joy in that position but began to look more influential later on.

Ezgjan Alioski (4)

Was replaced at half-time after a surprisingly under-par performance. Maybe the Saturday-Tuesday fixture list is taking a toll on some of the players because the manager asks for high intensity on the pitch.

Kemar Roofe (6.5)

Was isolated as Swansea dominated the game in the midfield, but got his goal, which will fill him with more confidence.

Subs

Lewis Baker (Subbed on after 27 mins) (6)

Blew hot and cold in the game with his passing and overall contribution. Came back strong later on in the game, just like his team.

Jack Harrison (Subbed on after half-time) (6)

He was a complete contrast to the player he replaced – Alioski. Maybe the latter should have been given the rest. Harrison did no harm to his impression in front of the manager, with a decent performance in the second half.

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Patrick Bamford (Subbed on after 64 mins) (6)

Didn’t get much joy as Swansea continued to dominate. However, fresh legs helped in him charging forward on the counter and setting up Hernandez for the equaliser.

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Written by Mizgan Masani

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