Leeds United have had a fantastic start to the new Championship season, sitting pretty at the top of the table, on goal difference, with five wins, a draw and a loss in their opening seven games. Scoring twelve goals and conceding only three so far in their quest to gain promotion back to the Premier League.
Yesterday saw Leeds travel to Yorkshire rivals Barnsley, who have one of the youngest squads in the league with an average age of twenty four, looking to bounce back to winning ways following their home loss to Swansea City before the international break.
The hosts held their own throughout a game that saw them lose 0-2 to their West Yorkshire counterparts, attacking with intent at any given opportunity, something that Leeds are not used to this season with most opponents preferring a defensive approach and showing signs of real threat without any results in the shape of goals.
But Leeds had the majority of the possession and the majority of the chances, with Patrick Bamford having a goal chalked out for a tight off-side call.
Shortly after this, Bamford was replaced by Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah, who continued his excellent start to life in Leeds by latching on to a Kalvin Phillips free-kick to score his fourth goal of the season, before being brought down in the box in the last ten minutes, providing team-mate Mateusz Klich am opportunity to score from the spot… which he very calmly took.
LUFC PLAYER RATINGS
GK- Casilla- 8
RB- Dallas- 7
CB- Cooper- 7
CB- White- 7
LB- Alioski- 7
DMC- Phillips- 8
MC- Shackleton- 7
MC- Klich- 7
LW- Harrison- 6
RW- Hernandez- 7
ST- Bamford- 7
All in all, a deserved win for Leeds United, on a day that could’ve been a potential banana skin.