One assist, six interceptions: Leeds star Austin shows importance, has one big weakness

Elland Road East Stand

Rudolph Austin was superb for Leeds United as they beat Bournemouth.

Rudolph Austin proved why he is deserving of a new deal at Leeds United by playing a key role as they beat Bournemouth 1-0.

The midfielder was impressive in the home victory, combative in his forward midfield role and keen to try to make an impact on the scoreline.

He helped do so in providing the pass for Luke Murphy to score the winner, although the goal was almost all down to the former Crewe midfielder in it's execution.

Austin completed a relatively average 79.3 per cent of his passes, typical by his own season standard of 80.3 per cent.

The Jamaican international did create two goalscoring opportunities, bettered by none of his teammates and only equalled by Alex Mowatt and Sam Byram.

His biggest contribution perhaps was his six interceptions; the most any other Leeds player made was Giuseppe Bellusci with four.

The 29-year-old made two tackles, but there was one big area for improvement he has demonstrated throughout his Leeds career and was condensed last night.

Austin had six shots at goal, but only registered one on target. He averages 2.2 shots per game this season but has only scored twice all season long, one from the penalty spot.

His contract runs out at the end of the season and the midfielder's form of late has really shown how he can be vital to Leeds. They should look at renewing his deal for at least another season, although hoping to magically make his shooting ability improve overnight may be a big ask.

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