YEP Jury: Not enough superlatives to do justice to Leeds United’s display at Burnley

Our fans’ panel were left purring after Leeds United’s impressive 4-0 victory at Burnley yesterday. Here are their thoughts on the game:

Sunday, 16th May 2021, 4:25 pm
Jack Harrison celebrates with Kalvin Phillips and Mateusz Klich after scoring Leeds United's second goal in their 4-0 victory at Burnley. Picture: Gareth Copley/Getty Images.

DAVID WATKINS

Terrific performance from Leeds! I thought it would be tough at Burnley and, at times it was as Burnley did their very best to put us off our stroke with a very physical approach to the game and with not too much protection from another poor group of officials.

In the end, that thing that we all say, the top sides ooze, class and technical ability, was what saw us through. Some brilliant goals, a fine performance again from Illan Meslier as some solid handling, all wrapped up with our usual non-stop pressing and clear fitness advantage.

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Diego Llorente of Leeds United tackles Burnley's Matej Vydra. Picture: Darren Staples/Sportimage.

Great to see a typically Klich finish again from Mateusz Klich, and that little cameo from Rodrigo at the end shows us exactly what we have there, even though injury and illness has limited his games for us this season. Yet again Leeds have beaten a bottom seven side and the only question is: why couldn’t we do it against Brighton?

This Leeds side is in a fabulous place to grow and start to make a real impression on the EPL next season. Hold tight, it’s going to be some ride.

Man of the match: Jack Harrison

KEITH INGHAM

Marcelo Bielsa watches from the sidelines at Burnley. Picture: Gareth Copley/Getty Images.

United came back from Lancashire with another three points after a superb 4-0 win at Burnley.

It gave them a Premier League ‘double’ over them and extended Burnley’s winless home run to nine games.

Leeds were impressive from the start and they played the sort of football that had brought them plaudits from all over the football world.

It was a surprise that it took until the last minute of the first half to register the first goal, it came from the boot of Mateusz Klich. He hit a curling shot that beat ex-Leeds keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

Jack Harrison is challenged by Burnley's Matthew Lowton. Picture: Simon Hulme.

The second half, despite a few scares which Meslier dealt with superbly, brought more Leeds goals. Jack Harrison made it two when he deflected Gjanni Alioski’s shot past Peacock-Farrell. Leeds introduced Rodrigo for Patrick Bamford and the Spanish international made it three goals in two games with two superb finishes.

The second one was absolute class. Harrison who set him up for his first did it again and Rodrigo side-stepped the Burnley keeper and finished it so cooly to seal the win.

I’m running out of superlatives for this superb team, they are the ‘real deal’ and I, for one, cannot wait to get back inside Elland Road to witness it. Well done lads another fantastic display.

Men of the match: Diego Llorente & Rodrigo.

Illan Meslier saves a shot by James Tarkowski of Burnley. Picture: Darren Staples/Sportimage.

MATTHEW EVANS

What a performance and what a result. Hearing Sean Dyche claiming it was an even game on Match Of The Day on Saturday night was sublime given how ridiculous he sounded to everyone that had just watched his team sliced open by Bielsa’s Leeds.

United should have scored more than four if the truth be told. In the end, Rodrigo was surely only millimetres and some better Tyler Roberts decision-making away from a hat-trick in a relatively short cameo.

The way we are playing this late in the season has silenced the burnout critics and bodes really well for next season.

Not for the first time it is hard to pick a man of the match because of the sheer number of good performances.

Diego Llorente was imperious at the back and some of Kalvin Phillips’ passing was outstanding. Mateusz Klich is getting back to his best and Rodrigo deserves a shout for his two goals alone. I’m giving it to Jack Harrison for a goal and two assists and an ever threatening display on the wing.

Man of the match: Jack Harrison.

JACOB STARR

Solid at the back and ruthless in attack, a four-goal rout at Burnley earned Leeds United yet another three points in what was a perfect away performance.

There wasn’t much to shout about in the first half until Mateusz Klich’s beautiful curling shot from the edge of the box flew past Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

It would have been hard to envision the Whites would ultimately make the score line look so one-sided following an evenly contested first half.

A vital moment occurred just before Jack Harrison brilliantly flicked in Gjanni Alioski’s strike, when Illan Meslier pulled off a wonderful save one-on-one to deny Matej Vydra.

Other than that opportunity, United’s defence dealt with the troublesome attack of Vydra and Chris Wood superbly, which eventually saw them both substituted.

The Whites too made a change in attack, with Rodrigo replacing Patrick Bamford.

The Spaniard gave Leeds a new dynamic which certainly paid dividends.

A three-minute brace via two Harrison assists saw our record signing display his terrific ability in front of goal, especially the first one which he controlled to perfection before dinking it over Leeds’ former number one. Goal of the season contender.

Two to go. Our best run of the season is coming at the end of the season, please don’t let it end.

Bielsa burnout, where are you?

Man of the match: Jack Harrison.

ANDY RHODES

You could say there’s two types of team at the end of the season when there’s nothing to play for: the one that keeps pushing and the one that’s already on the beach.

With Marcelo Bielsa at the helm, there’s no chance of Leeds ever being the latter. This was a performance that oozed class, dedication and quality from the Whites.

Rodrigo and Jack Harrison will get the majority of the plaudits but it was a complete team performance with many more top individual displays.

Kalvin Phillips’ passing was exemplary, while Illan Meslier pulled off some crucial saves.

It was noted in the post-match coverage that Harrison has the most goal involvements of any English midfielder this summer. Could he be making a late case for the Euros?

If any Leeds player was to be selected for the England squad it would cap a magnificent season for the squad and the club. The team has defied expectations yet again. With two more games to come, could Leeds finish on a high?

Man of the match: Jack Harrison.

MIKE GILL

This was a very mature performance from the Whites.

Burnley started well, in the uncompromising style that we have come to know, if not exactly love.

As usual, it seemed that they would be a tough nut to crack and they provided a stern test for Illan Meslier and the immaculate Diego Llorente and Pascal Struijk.

It was Mateusz Klich who broke the deadlock with a fine individual effort. This was long overdue and brought back memories of some of his strikes in the last two seasons. He had a good game as well and he seems to have shaken off his temporary dip in form.

The second half brought a cheeky back-heeled goal from Jack Harrison and two brilliant takes from Rodrigo.

The Spaniard’s health and injury problems this season have not allowed him to show his best form and you could see Bielsa’s delight as Rodrigo chased his hat-trick.

Kalvin Phillips was back to his combative best but Harrison’s performance gets my vote for man of the match.

Man of the match: Jack Harrison.

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