Swansea City 2-2 Leeds United Player Ratings: McBurnie shines

Is there a more complete striker in the Championship than Oliver McBurnie? – bbc.co.uk

Swansea City and Leeds United continued their unbeaten starts to the Championship campaign with a 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday night. Here’s our Player Ratings from the game.

Swansea City

Erwin Mulder – with Kristoffer Nordfeldt out injured, Swansea had to lean on the 6’4″ goalkeeper and he has so far proved that, having played European football during an eight-year stint at Feyenoord, he is a more than capable replacement. 6

Kyle Naughton – the 29-year-old faced criticism last season and due to the new youth-based strategy, it was important that here he put in a solid shift, helped nullify Saiz’s threat and did the simple things well. Swansea needed a dependable right-back in this type of match. 7
Mike van der Hoorn – the 25-year-old brings the kind of pedigree one might expect from someone who has played 33 games for Ajax. As the only reasonably experienced centre-back in the squad, he defended simple balls into the box effectively and kept hold of the ball well. 7
Joe Rodon – the ball-playing centre-back, who carried the ball into the opposing half on two occasions before the break, wasn’t necessarily the first name on the teamsheet with League Two Cheltenham in the second half of last season, so it is impressive that he is now a Championship regular. Rodon looks composed in possession and is growing in confidence with each passing game. 7
Martin Olsson – as the only defender over 25 to feature for the Swans this season, Olsson adds a touch of knowhow. He doesn’t have the same level of pace he used to and that was perhaps problematic when Shackleton ran at him, as we saw for the equalizer. 4

Jay Fulton – the Scot was linked with a move to Reading this summer but Swansea will be glad they kept hold of him. Bolton-born box-to-box battler has had to be patient during his last five years in Wales. Fulton covered the wide areas well and used the ball sensibly, without necessarily taking the midfield by storm. 6
Leroy Fer – the Dutchman, who holds the unwanted distinction of having been relegated with three different clubs, also has plenty of class having performed on the European stage. He adds a touch of composure in that midfield and has a presence about him that allows him to carry the ball forward. 8
Bersant Celina – the Kosovan often lit up Portman Road last season with some fine individual play, but in an advanced role that allowed him to take risks. Here, he was able to get into those forward areas where he can do damage more often than we saw at St Andrews on Friday. Fed off McBurnie’s selflessness by providing individual magic. 7

Connor Roberts – it is good to see that Graham Potter has been brave enough to trust the 22-year-old, who was very popular at Yeovil in 2015-16. Roberts is an honest enough player who brings plenty of raw energy, even if he wasn’t a major attacking threat in an unfamiliar right-wing role. 5
Oliver McBurnie – the Scot should not be fazed by this level, having featured a few times in the Premier League under Alan Curtis. As well as a well-taken goal, McBurnie worked incredibly hard here and selflessly brought others into play. Chipped in in his own box as well as that of the opposition. 9
Barrie McKay – the enigmatic 23-year-old, who has already played 103 games for Rangers, is very skilful and showed at Forest that he is capable of the spectacular; threatened, in flashes, to produce that here. 6

Jefferson Montero (on 64) – the Colombian made an impact from the bench at Sheffield United on day one and has the potential to be a dangerous player at this level. 5
Tom Carroll (on 74) – the midfielder, who has made a respectable 56 appearances for Tottenham, was too often bullied off the ball at St Andrews last time out and Leroy Fer seems a much more attractive option in that midfield. 4
Joel Asoro (on 83) – the 19-year-old, who earned praise for his work ethic during a tough season for Sunderland, has made a reasonable impact with the Swans. 5

Leeds United

Bailey Peacock-Farrell – the former York loanee  has began this season as he finished the last, despite increased competition following the loan signing of Jamal Blackman. Might have done better for the opener but that didn’t knock his confidence and he was not afraid to bark at his defenders, despite his relative inexperience. 6

Jamie Shackleton – the Leeds-born 18-year-old was once praised by Neil Redfearn as one of the most promising players the club has ever produced.Worked hard and wanted to stretch play with his runs down the right, which we saw in the lead-up to the equalizer. However, he lacked the kind of quality in possession that Ayling might have provided in the same position. 5
Gaetano Berardi – theoretically, the fact Berardi is a full-back by trade might hinder him in an unfamiliar centre-back role, but he has more of the aggression that Marcelo Bielsa demands from players in this position. The 30-year-old might be guilty of giving the ball away once or twice but, by and large, he has adjusted well. 6
Luke Ayling – carried the ball forward and offered some intelligence in possession. Not especially strong in the air, which is the downside of not having Liam Cooper or Pontus Jansson available at centre-back. 6
Barry Douglas – the Scot had arguably the best left-foot in the Championship last season with high-quality deliveries from set pieces; we saw more of that here. The 28-year-old’s passing and technical ability here though wasn’t quite at the level we have come to expect. 4

Kalvin Phillips – in previous games, we have seen Phillips aggressively breaks up attacks and offering the centre-backs an option in possession. We saw very little of that in his short time on the pitch here; carelessness in possession and a lack of positional discipline allowed McBurnie too much space. 4

Pablo Hernández – the Spaniard’s main, enduring quality last season was his ability to come up with a pin-point delivery, even during quiet performances. He has been a more prominent influence games this season but, during his worst performance of the campaign, he popped up with a crucial equalizer. 6
Samuel Sáiz – any qualities Saiz has shown in the first three games, he lacked here. Some credit for that could go to Swansea for their effective closing down of the Spaniard, who wasn’t able to get out of first gear. 4
Mateusz Klich – the Pole was given licence to break into goalscoring positions this season, but once Lewis Baker came on, he filled the departed Kalvin Phillips’ holding role. His lack of physicality and positional discipline in that position was at times problematic.  5
Ezgjan Alioski – the Macedonian briefly played left wing-back for his country before being converted to a more advanced role, which suggests he will not have found Bielsa’s high-energy demand quite as taxing as others. Wasn’t at his most effective here, though. 4

Kemar Roofe – despite bagging his fourth goal of the campaign, Roofe looked closer to his 2017-18 self than the man revived under Marcelo Bielsa. Didn’t quite offer the same enthusiasm in the press that we have come to expect, although when he did it was in isolation. 6

Lewis Baker (on 28) – the Chelsea loanee might have made a case to start after two positive appearances from the bench. Pressed well. 7
Jack Harrison (on 45) – the Manchester City loanee offers plenty of pace but his product was lacking. 5
Patrick Bamford (on 64) – the ex-Middlesbrough man certainly has his work cut out to displace the in-form Roofe; a goal in the EFL Cup win over Bolton might help. 8