Carlos Corberan and his Leeds United under 23’s smashed Bristol City at Elland Road this afternoon. In terms of performances this is probably the best the youngsters have played in many years, but they did have a helping hand from a few first-team players. That being said it was a couple of the under 23 regulars who stole the show.
Jamal Blackman – 7 – Made a crucial save at 0-0 just before the Leeds goal. Came out and stopped the Bristol City striker in his tracks. Very good distribution.
Jordan Stevens – 9 – A complete performance from the right-back. Robbie Gotts, a right-back played in midfield and Stevens, a midfielder played a right-back. Stevens was in cruise control all game, and went up the gears when needed. He was quality. Got his goal, instrumental. Almost looked too easy for him.
Hugo Diaz – 8 – I have had reservations over Diaz at times but today he looked so comfortable. He played such a strange role, one I would describe as the John Stones role. He played in the deep midfield role at times to create triangles, but he was solid at the back. Best performance in a Leeds shirt.
Oliver Casey – 8 – The first time I’ve seen Casey in action and he looked very good. Good on ball and helped massively by the commanding performance of Diaz alongside him.
Leif Davis – 8 – Another who I haven’t seen much of but it became very obvious why the club spent some money to bring him to the club. Solid and very good going forward. Positional awareness was first class.
Callum Nicell – 8 – A very clever player and one that reminds me so much of Lewis Cook in the positions he takes up. Scored a belter and controlled the game as Baker drifted forwards. Slipped in at the back when Diaz stepped into midfield.
Lewis Baker – 7 – I thought he was almost too good at times and that meant he lost his concentration. Turns and ability to find gaps but he seemed to have so much time and gave the ball away in promising positions. Very influential either way.
Robbie Gotts – 8 – Another who I haven’t seen much of in terms of on today’s scale. He was quality from the word go and Bristol City quite simply couldn’t get to grips with him and the role he was playing. To say he’s a right-back playing central midfield it was an impressive display to say the least.
Jack Clarke – 9 – #T72MOM – It’s hard to give players a 10 but I was very close tonight. Set the first two up and netted the goal of the game. Hit the bar and that was only the first-half. This lad will play for the senior team at Leeds United, and it won’t be too long. He was a class above anyone on the park today.
— #WALMOT (@WALM0T33) September 7, 2018
Jack Harrison – 7 – Started well but drifted out at times. Certainly a talented player and when he got on the ball he looked very good but he was on the opposite flank to Jack Clarke who was doing damage from the word go.
Patrick Bamford – 7 – Got his goal and could have had more but worryingly went off with what looked like a knee injury. Linked play well.
Sub – Ryan Edmondson – 6 – Struggled at times and fluffed his chances but he came onto a game at 100mph, a big ask.