Middlesbrough 0-0 Leicester Player Ratings: outstanding Huth

boro-leicesterHere are The Football Lab’s Player Ratings for Middlesbrough’s 0-0 draw with Leicester City.

Middlesbrough

Brad Guzan – kept a clean sheet but was largely untested. 6

Antonio Barragan – made some intelligent runs to support Traore, before he picked up a hamstring injury in the first half. 8
Callum Chambers – reasonably solid and played some good passes, but did not come under too much pressure. 7
Ben Gibson – similar performance to Chambers, though the lack of pace and intent from opposing forwards gave both centre-backs an easy task. 7
Fabio Da Silva – reluctant to use his left foot when at left-back, which meant a lack of width on that flank. Solid but unspectacular when moved to the right. 5

Marten De Roon – pressed shrewdly but his passing was poor. More intelligent without the ball than he was with it. 5
Adam Clayton – not the type of midfielder Boro needed. The problem was not that he did his job badly, but that the defensive work he does was less useful, given Leicester’s lack of attacking ambition. 4
Adam Forshaw – one or two decent runs with the ball and found space between the lines. Suffered from a lack of movement in front of him. 7

Adama Traore – caused problems for Fuchs with his raw pace. Ran in to traffic on a couple of occasions but always lively. 7
Alvaro Negredo – needed to be braver and make runs towards the first balls into the box, rather than peel off. Couldn’t compete with two physical centre-backs. 2
Gaston Ramirez – kept moving inside into the more congested areas. Boro perhaps needed a natural left winger, so Ramirez’s movement inwards does not come at the expense of width. 3

George Friend – got forward well and was frequently used in the second half. Cut inside for a shot and puts lots of balls into the box. 8
Stewart Downing (on 80)
Grant Leadbitter (on 89)

Leicester City

Kasper Schmeichel – kept a clean sheet, but only faced one shot on target. 6

Danny Simpson – once vacated his position early on to leave a big gap between him and Morgan, then let Friend get goal side of him on another occasion. Also made one key last ditch interception though. 3
Wes Morgan – used his power effectively and coped well in one or two awkward situations when he was isolated against a forward. One misplaced header that fell to Ramirez in the box denies him full marks. 9
Robert Huth – dominant in the air and bullied Negredo into submission. Defended superbly in spite of relentless pressure. 10
Christian Fuchs – looked off the pace and struggled to contain Traore’s bursts. 2

Nampalys Mendy – used his physicality out of possession and read the game well, but his passing was poor. 6
Daniel Amartey – often passed backwards and dropped into his own penalty before he put a challenge in. Too defensive. 4
Andy King – better in a central trio where he does not have to cover as much ground, but still struggled to truly impose himself. 4

Riyad Mahrez – lacked an extra bit of aggression to his game but one might question how often balls were fed into him. 3
Shinji Okazaki – did a job on Clayton out of possession but rarely involved in an attacking sense due to a lack of support. 5
Leandro Ulloa – too much to ask of him to get to hoofed clearances ahead of Chambers and Gibson, let alone hold onto the ball with no support. Thankless task. 4

Ahmed Musa (on 71) – too honest defensively. Stayed back when Leicester got the ball, so his teammates did not have an outlet to pick. 3
Demarai Gray (on 74) – similar to Musa. Has the raw materials to carry the ball forward but did not use them. 3
Marc Albrighton (on 83)

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