Matt Kilgallon has told BBC Radio Leeds (broadcast on 22/1; 16:16) that he does not think that Marc Roca has been himself for some time after Leeds United’s draw with Brentford on Sunday.

Leeds fans will have mixed feelings about the point against the Bees. Jesse Marsch’s men were the better side during the game at Elland Road. And a point against Thomas Frank’s side is not a bad result. However, the Whites must start turning good performances into wins soon.

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Leeds were very impressive up until the moment they often got into the position to make the final pass. And then, attacks would break down.

Marc Roca not himself against Brentford

One of those who may be disappointed that he did not manage to make that sort of impact on the game will be Roca. The Spaniard did a lot of really good things in the stalemate, including one crucial interception on the edge of Leeds’ six-yard box as Brentford broke forward.

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However, it is also fair to say that he was not able to produce the kind of quality Leeds needed going forward. And Kilgallon feels that he has not been at his best for some time, due to the problems the Whites have had this season.

“Roca, when he came off I actually mentioned this, I don’t think we’ve seen how Roca plays at the minute. Because where Leeds are in the league, he’s having to do the horrible side, isn’t he,” he told BBC Radio Leeds.

“He’s going to have to go win the ball, he’s pressing, he’s making tackles. I saw him in a game at the start of the season, might have been pre-season, he was getting on it and spraying balls about. And you’re thinking he’s got a hell of a left foot on him.

“We haven’t seen any of his switches recently because I think the game’s so frantic. I don’t think we’ve seen how he normally plays to be honest.”

In fairness to Roca, the display on Sunday was arguably his best for some time. Along with Tyler Adams, he seemed to be in the right place at the right time on a number of occasions.

Brentford made life difficult for Leeds going forward. They clearly wanted to soak up pressure before trying to capitalise on the Whites’ potential chaos with a counter.

But that meant that there were not many opportunities for Roca to pull the strings. However, it is encouraging that he was still impressive.

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