Leeds United player ratings as Summerville and McGurk star in Papa John’s Trophy victory

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Leeds United U23s saw off League Two Oldham Athletic in comfortable fashion at Boundary Park this evening.

The Whites named a stronger under-21 XI than their opening game in this competition, a 4-1 defeat to Tranmere Rovers.

Tonight, goals from Summerville, Max Dean and an Oldham own-goal handed the Whites a 3-2 victory.

Here are the Leeds United U21 player ratings from LeedsLive.

Kristoffer Klaesson – 6

Bounced back from a disappointing display last weekend with a quiet, but assured evening when called upon. Handing was much improved, while his reflexes were required on one or two occasions.

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Harvey Sutcliffe – 6

The youngest player in this starting XI tonight, and consequently the youngest on the pitch, Sutcliffe did not look too out of place amongst this largely under-23 crop of Leeds players.

Featuring at right-back, Sutcliffe did rely on Crysencio Summerville’s working back to cover him at times, but more often than not held his own.

Leo Hjelde – 7

Leo Hjelde took the armband this evening, despite only having signed for the club in August, but he led by example winning aerial battles and finding himself in the right positions to snuff out danger.

Oldham’s threat in attack was not particularly formidable, but up against Football League opposition, Hjelde coped well.

Kris Moore – 7

Touch-tight to his man from start-to-finish, Moore’s positioning and aggression saw a marked improvement from the 4-4 between Leeds’ under-23s and Blackburn’s under-23 side last Friday.

Liam McCarron – 6

McCarron had the occasional opportunity to showcase his straight-line speed and attacking threat down the left, and almost put it to good use midway through the first half.

A surging run down the left saw him picked out by Miller, allowing him to carry on and agonisingly place the ball behind the net instead of beyond Jayson Leutwiler. Defensive positioning will still need some work on the training pitch.

Lewis Bate – 8

Great intensity throughout and a good buffer for his defensive teammates, Bate performed a typically predictable tempo-dictating role in front of the centre-backs.

A few speculative passes came off; others didn’t, but the endeavour was present. Never dispossessed in dangerous areas and alert to danger in his zone.

Charlie Allen – 8

Facilitated Leeds’ attacking moves on the edge of the area, spreading it wide for the wingers and on occasion breaking Oldham’s defensive line with a threaded pass. Battled well and didn’t give Oldham’s midfielders a moment’s peace.

Sean McGurk – 9

Fastest feet on the night go to McGurk’s teammate Crysencio Summerville, but the ex-Wigan youngster didn’t half run him close.

A particular highlight was the first-time chop to fool an Oldham defender as his free-kick was cleared back out to him early on in the game. Combining well with his teammates in each and every game he features, which is promising.

Leeds United’s Sean McGurk

Picked up the ‘assist’ for Leeds’ second goal which was diverted in by Oldham captain Harrison McGahey after a driving McGurk run.

Crysencio Summerville – 9

Sporting a new hair-do, Summerville set the tone for his 45-minute display by robbing a flat-footed Kyle Jameson inside the first five minutes.

Maybe the cornrows gave the young Dutchman the confidence to blaze past the Oldham defender time and time again, because it was an avenue he explored repeatedly during the first half.

Eventually, Jameson brought down the 19-year-old, but did so illegally inside the penalty area. Stepping up to take the spot-kick was the man who won it – and what a penalty it was. Planted confidently into the roof of the net, Summerville capped a splendid run-out with another penalty-win and another goal.

Amari Miller – 7

Battled hard on the left flank, building upon his recent performances, each of which has been encouraging. Provided an outlet, appeared confident taking on his man and asked questions of Oldham’s right-back.

Max Dean – 8

Another arduous display leading the line against senior opposition, but no complaints and no let up in his pressing – which is commendable for a player Dean’s age. Snatched at a couple of half-chances, but took his goal well, even if there was a question of who got the last touch before it crossed the line.

Substitutes:

Stuart McKinstry – 6

Came on at the break in place of Summerville out wide and while he didn’t inject the same directness, he toiled on that flank before switching with McGurk in the No. 10.

Nohan Kenneh – 7

Slotted in well alongside Moore; a developing partnership at the back. Hjelde’s absence not noticeable in the second half, despite a late concession.

Cody Drameh – 7

Composed and confident on the ball, Drameh breezed past pressure and partnered Kris Moore rather well on the right-side of defence in the second half. Got a foot in when needed, quelled trouble with minimal fuss.

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