Elland Road welcomed back a full house for the first time in over 500 days and for the first time in the Premier League for 17 years as Leeds United played out a breathless 2-2 draw against Rafa Benitez’ Everton.
After a thoroughly disappointing 5-1 loss at Old Trafford the week before, there was plenty for the fans to be encouraged by this time out and many have been voting in our man of the match poll, featured in our match coverage.
Unsurprisingly, Raphinha topped the vote with over a quarter of all the votes cast going for the Brazilian. He scored the second equaliser in the 72nd minute, whipping the ball past a number of bodies into the far corner from the edge of the penalty area. His running, aggressive passing and determination was key in the Whites regain momentum after they had wobbled at 2-1 down.
However, Raphinha did not stand alone in the fan poll as Luke Ayling gained the same amount of votes as the winger.
Ayling was playing on the right of a back three and put on a solid performance but some might consider it a surprise to see him tied for first in the man of the match vote.
Perhaps the player more would have expected to challenge Raphinha for the title would be the man who came in with 11.4% of the vote behind the joint leaders. Illan Meslier came up with two excellent saves from Dominic Calvert-Lewin whilst the score was at 2-1, with a one-on-one save the pick of the two. Following the game, Bielsa mentioned the saves as being ‘as important as a goal’.
Kalvin Phillips also got a good portion of the vote as he made his return to the side after remaining on the bench for the whole of the Manchester United game.