Leeds United’s winless begin to the brand new Premier League season continued as they have been held to a 1-1 draw at struggling Newcastle United on Friday night time.
Marcelo Bielsa’s aspect took the lead courtesy of Raphinha earlier than Allan Saint-Maximin’s excellent strike levelled issues up for the Magpies.
Whereas each side have been responsible of lacking quite a few alternatives – that they had a mixed 39 photographs on purpose – there was one man for Leeds who actually struggled to get going offensively.
Dan James arrived on switch deadline day from Manchester United, and after a few substitute appearances, he made his full Premier League debut final night time towards Newcastle.
Nevertheless it was a recreation to overlook for the Wales worldwide, who was saved in test by Magpies full-back Javier Manquillo all night time earlier than he was finally hooked simply after the hour mark for Tyler Roberts.
As per Sofascore, the previous United ace completed the sport with a 6.5 match ranking, which was by far the bottom of any Leeds participant.
Each of his photographs on purpose didn’t hit the goal, his two tried crosses didn’t discover their mark, whereas he couldn’t get on the ball as a lot as he would have needed within the first place both – in truth, his complete of 31 touches and 9 passes have been each lower than goalkeeper Illan Meslier, an actual indication of simply how peripheral he was.
And, writing in his post-match participant scores, Leeds Reside’s Beren Cross gave him a 5, saying: “A really quiet full debut from James, who was both nameless or nullified by Javier Manquillo when the ball did come his means.”
With Jack Harrison out of the squad yesterday, James had the proper likelihood to stake his declare and present Bielsa why the Leeds boss needs to be beginning him from the off.
As an alternative, the Welshman fluffed his large likelihood, and if issues are all good with Harrison, it’s tough to see how James’ efficiency warrants him getting in forward of his teammate for Leeds’ subsequent Premier League conflict towards West Ham subsequent week.
The 23-year-old merely let his supervisor down towards Newcastle.
In the meantime, this Leeds star was excellent vs Newcastle…