Leeds United player ratings: Bellusci's nightmare, Bamba struggles, new signing shows promise

Elland Road pitchside

Leeds United lost 3-0 at Middlesbrough this afternoon.

Marco Silvestri 5 - it appeared that there was a communication error in the second goal, but Silvestri was largely hamstrung by shambolic defending in front of him. Made a good save to prevent a Sol Bamba own goal, though his part in the second goal shouldn't be ignored.

Gaetano Berardi 6 - solid against Albert Adomah but didn't offer as much going forward as Leeds maybe would have liked. Far from the worst player in the Leeds defence.

Giuseppe Bellusci 4 - what a horror show from the Italian. Failed to clear Christian Stuani's cross for the opening goal, then headed into his own net for the second. Never looked comfortable against David Nugent.

Sol Bamba 5 - usually so dependable for Leeds, Bamba also looked shaky. Almost scored an own goal in the first half, tested Silvestri with another wayward clearance in the second half and then slipped to give Middlesbrough the game-clinching third goal.

Charlie Taylor 6 - turned inside out by Stuani for the opening goal but steadied himself after that and got forward well. Stuani struggled to cope with his bursts forward and was in danger of being sent off as a result.

Lewis Cook 6 - had his moments with some bright runs forward but gave the ball away a little too much and was often wasteful in possession.

Tom Adeyemi 5 - quiet showing from Adeyemi. Didn't offer the energy and ball winning ability that he showed against Derby recently. Wasn't particularly bad, but didn't give Leeds enough today.

Alex Mowatt 6 - terrible delivery from set pieces throughout, but after a quiet first half, he was far more dangerous in the second period.

Jordan Botaka 6 - a bright debut from Botaka, who was tricky and put in a superb cross for Mirco Antenucci in the second half. Sometimes tried to overthink situations, but he should adjust to life in the Championship and become more decisive.

Stuart Dallas 5 - quiet in the first half but improved gradually before his substitution. Another player whose set pieces were disappointing, Dallas could have provided more quality in to the box but had a tough battle against Tomas Kalas.

Mirco Antenucci 6 - unlucky to have his second half goal ruled out. Worked hard in an unfamiliar role up front on his own, when he is far better when he can float and pick up the ball.

Substitutes

Souleymane Doukara 4 - came on to try and give Leeds a spark in attack but was virtually anonymous, touching the ball just 17 times in half an hour.

Luke Murphy - didn't really have much of an impact on the game having come on as a 79th minute substitute.

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