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Leeds United bounce back against QPR with Anthony’s impressive performance, Byram’s minor setback, and Gray’s impactful statement.

Bylymdbh

Oct 5, 2023

Leeds United returning to winning ways by grinding out a 1-0 win over QPR at Elland Road. Here’s a look at the winners and losers from the clash.

Winners

Archie Gray

More than took his chance to make a mark on his return to the starting line-up. Caught the eye early with some strong touches in the middle of the park and showed his power and energy to carry the ball forward well.

His passing range and ability in tight spaces is second to none and QPR simply couldn’t stop him getting on the ball and moving it forward. Farke now has a dilemma on his hands moving into Saturday’s clash with Bristol City at Elland Road, with Gray and Kamara both pushing for that midfield spot next to Ethan Ampadu. After such a strong showing from the teenager, though, the manager might see any change in midfield as unnecessary.

Jaidon Anthony

He’s had to be patient since arriving on loan from Bournemouth on transfer deadline day but he took the opportunity to stake a claim on his full debut for the Whites against QPR. The winger was dangerous from the start advancing down the left with pace and looking to get the ball into the box at every opportunity.

He stepped inside on occasions to relative success, but his best came out on the flank, looking to get in behind and either pull the ball back or get a dangerous cross in. Anthony certainly added something to Leeds’ front four and while there could be changes once more, he might just have done enough to keep his spot.

Sam Byram

Bounced back after what was a difficult afternoon on the south coast on Saturday. The full-back turned in his worst performance of his second stint at Leeds by far at Southampton as he struggled to get to grips with the lively Adam Armstrong and the overlapping Kyle Walker-Peters.

He got the nod despite some questions over fitness, and he more than returned to form, proving Saturday was simply a blip. Byram was impressive from the start, getting forward well and looking to make things happen down the left flank with some eye-catching touches and pieces of skill. More like it from the 30-year-old.

Losers

Liam Cooper

Dropped from the starting line-up after his tough afternoon at Southampton and right now it’s hard to see a way in which he gets back in. The addition of Joe Rodon seemed to settle the backline with Pascal Struijk producing a much more stable performance on the left side of the centre-back pairing.

Cooper watched the entirety of the game from the bench in the end and it seems likely that he’ll be left out of the XI on Saturday, too, when Bristol City come to town.

By lymdbh

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