LEEDS UNITED PLAYER RATINGS VS WOLVES: 9/10 AARONSON BRILLIANT; DISASTROUS ROCA GETS 2
Brenden Aaronson put in a terrific performance on his competitive debut for Leeds United as they registered an opening day victory against Wolves.
The Whites did have to work very hard to get to the result but got all three points, in the end, courtesy of a Rayan Ait-Nouri own goal.
The game did have a fast start courtesy of Leeds United, which was soon dampened by Pascal Struijk’s error. The defender gave the ball away, with Daniel Podence benefitting and scoring the opener around the 6th minute, giving Illan Meslier no chance with his effort.
However, Leeds then caught Wolves out in the 24th minute as Rodrigo fired a shot past Jose Sa to equalise. After that, the game was equally poised, with both sides wielding control of the ball, searching for another goal.
Wolves were the better side in the second half, forcing Meslier into action more than once. However, in a swift attacking move, debutant Aaronson forced an own-goal via Ait-Nouri, to give Leeds the decisive strike of the match.
Leeds held on to the lead until the final whistle and ensured the three points were theirs. Here are the Leeds United player ratings from their 2-1 win over Wolves at Elland Road.
Illan Meslier – 8/10
The French keeper had a busy day at the office but ensured his team was in the game. Meslier made some telling saves during the match, and a particular effort to claim a cross was the highlight for the acrobatic effort involved in doing so.
Pascal Struijk – 3.5/10
Struijk looked out of his depth in an unfamiliar left-back position. He was unconvincing and was guilty of giving the ball away to allow Podence to open the scoring for Wolves. He contributed decently to the attacking play but was dreadful when defending the ball.
Robin Koch – 4/10
Leeds United certainly missed their captain Liam Cooper at the back, as the performance of Robin Koch somehow went unpunished. Any other team with a proper striker up front would have punished this setup, and the Leeds defender should count himself lucky.