Sheffield United lost out to Leeds this afternoon as a Patrick Bamford goal meant the Whites took all three points at Bramall Lane.
It was a tense and tight affair in S2 that was ultimately settled by a moment of quality from Jack Harrison, as he tee’d up Bamford perfectly to nod into the bottom corner.
The Blades arguably had the better chances but lacked composure for a few while also finding Ilan Meslier in superb form in the Leeds goal. It was, then, another frustrating day for Chris Wilder’s men despite an improved performance.
Here are our player ratings from that performance, with Sander Berge and Ethan Ampadu particularly impressive.
Aaron Ramsdale – 8
His best performance in a Blades shirt so far. Assured throughout and made some big saves when called upon. This should give him confidence and could do little about the goal.
George Baldock – 6
One of the more disappointing performances in the XI today. He was, in fairness, pegged back by Harrison and Costa but will be disappointed with his contributions.
Chris Basham – 7
Was his usual blood and thunder self and did well enough in the main. Will have helped Ethan Ampadu in the game, too.
Ethan Ampadu – 8
A fine debut performance from the Chelsea loanee. Calm, assured, and confident with the ball. He has a massive part to play this season.
Jack Robinson – 7
Lost his man for the goal and should have scored at the other end but did little else wrong.
Enda Stevens – 6
Like Baldock, was penned back a bit more than he’d have liked to have been. Dealt well with Poved when he came on and in fairness, kept Costa quiet in the main too.
Sander Berge – 8
Grew into the game as it went on and looked more and more confident throughout. Glided across the pitch in the second half when used as a more attacking player.
John Lundstram – 7
Should have scored and he knows it but he was working hard once again and made plenty of attacking runs. People simply cannot question whether he is committed or not.
Ben Osborn – 7
Busy and tirless but lacked that bit of quality when it was required in the final third. Still, stepped in well for John Fleck and will be pleased with his display.
Oliver Burke – 7
Another good performance from Burke who looks an astute signing. Clever runs, plenty of aggression, and a willingness to work. He should be a good addition over the season.
David McGoldrick – 6
‘Didzy’ was pretty quiet in the main. The skipper for the day dropped off and tried to link play but gave the ball away a few times in key areas when a bit more quality was needed. Taken off for McBurnie with 25 to play.