Leeds United's Tom Adeyemi excels in key areas against Boro but must do more to justify his place

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The Leeds United midfielder was not at his best against Middlesbrough.

Leeds United suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Championship rivals Middlesbrough on Sunday afternoon.

Boro went 1-0 ahead through David Nugent before Leeds defender Giuseppe scored an inexplicable own-goal with a diving header and Diego Fabbrini finished things off with time running out.

That saw Boro crowned 3-0 winners but things could have been different had Mirco Antenucci’s effort not been ruled out for offside.

Alas it was and Leeds were left to rue missed opportunities and questionable decisions from players and officials alike.

One player who had a mixed game was Leeds midfielder Tom Adeyemi, with the Cardiff City loanee impressing in some key areas but rarely doing enough in terms of attacking intent and actually influencing the game.

  Passing AccuracyKey PassesDuels WonSuccessful DribblesInterceptions WonShotsForward PassesTackle AccuracyMins Played
Tom Adeyemi 94% 1 2 0 3 1 15 100% 90

The 23-year-old had a 94 per cent passing accuracy and won 100 per cent of his attempted tackles, and on most days that kind of form would be heralded. But against Boro, Adeyemi offered little at the opposite end of the pitch and his position in the side is now being questioned by some Leeds fans.

It will be interesting to see what changes Leeds manager Uwe Rosler makes for the upcoming clash against Birmingham City, but one thing is for sure: high percentages are not in themselves reason enough for someone to maintain their place in the starting line-up when three points are at stake.

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