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Leeds player ratings v Palace: Two 8/10’s, another Marsch experiement fails

Leeds and Crystal Palace played out a feisty 1-1 draw in Perth on Friday morning, as Jean-Philippe Mateta cancelled out Rodrigo’s penalty – and here…

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Leeds and Crystal Palace played out a feisty 1-1 draw in Perth on Friday morning, as Jean-Philippe Mateta cancelled out Rodrigo’s penalty – and here are our player ratings from the clash between the two English sides:

Illan Meslier – 6 (90)

Very little to do with game so dominated in midfield in first half. Couple of nice clearances and good from Palace set-pieces. Comfortable outing for the Frenchman, between the Leeds sticks.

Rasmus Kristensen – 7 (90)

Real outlet for Leeds. Probably the one player to find any real space in a hotly-contested match. Some decent crosses into the box and looked exciting, and quick, going forward.

Robin Koch – 7 (45, replaced by Hjelde)

Dominant in the air and excellent with the ball at his feet – but was sloppy in one incident that almost let Palace in. Diego Llorente swept up beside him. Germany international growing into the role and could be a mainstay at CB.

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Diego Llorente – 7 (90)

Up against the physical challenge of Jean-Philippe Mateta, Spain international Llorente was solid. Aggressive in a good manner, apart from one occasion when needlessly getting a yellow. But good display and minutes in the tank.

Pascal Struijk – 5 (45, replaced by Summerville)

The search within the Leeds ranks goes on for a left-back. Harrison struggled against Brisbane Roar. Davis was steady against Villa, but hardly the answer. Struijk looked like a centre-back playing out of position.

Tyler Adams – 7 (45, replaced by Greenwood)

His most-busy in a Leeds shirt yet. It is clear with Roca alongside him, Adams is going to be the one who breaks play up, runs over every blade of grass, makes tackles and gives it short. Combative, Leeds fans will love him.

Adam Forshaw – 7 (30, replaced by Roca)

While on the end of a couple of robust Palace tackles, Forshaw – given his injury issues in the past – looked as though he was taken off as a precaution by Jesse Marsch. Impressed defensively when on the pitch.

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Luis Sinisterra – 5 (12, replaced by Rodrigo)

A real blow for Leeds. It looks as if the club’s Raphinha replacement has suffered a hamstring injury, in what was his first start of pre-season. A sight that has become far too often for Leeds fans. Hopefully, a quick recovery.

Brenden Aaronson – 8 (45, replaced by James)

In the midst of a match with hardly any chances and little attacking output, USA international Aaronson was probably the best technical player on the pitch. Some lovely touches, including a backheel to Rodrigo.

Jack Harrison – 8 (Moved to LB at HT) (90)

Much better from Harrison. After a superb display at Blackpool, Harrison has been poor in Australia – one of his two outings came at left-back. But much better on Friday.Tenacious, aggressive, perhaps a point to prove after his “we’ll see” comments.

Superb last-ditch tackle in injury time.

Patrick Bamford – 7 (45, replaced by Gelhardt)

Some nice touches in and around the box, and had one deflected effort that whizzed past the post – probably the closest either side came to a goal in first half. But often cut a frustrated figure as many passes were astray.

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Other notable performances:

Rodrigo – 7 (48, replaced by Klich)

Couple of nice touches, decision making poor when set through on the left in the first half. But he did show enough composure to score a penalty, after Summerville went down under the push of Palace defender Joel Ward.

Marc Roca – 6 (30, replaced by Gyabi)

Came on as a precaution for Forshaw and left the field 15 minutes into the second half. Comfortable on the ball, but it was a match more suited to the likes of Adams. Needs a bit more time on the ball to be able to shine.

Crysencio Summerville – 7 (45)

Instant impact – albeit controversially. Chasing a clip over the top, he went down under a small push from Palace defender Ward but it was enough for a penalty to be awarded. Nice touches, looked good going forward.

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