LUN awards: The three best Leeds players so far, as World Cup break takes shape
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LUN awards: The three best Leeds players so far, as World Cup break takes shape

With the World Cup break putting the Premier League campaign on hold, LeedsUnited.News considers which Leeds United star has been the best so far under Jesse Marsch with the Whites currently sitting in 14th place.

There have been plenty of contenders, with a number of Leeds stars impressing the Elland Road crowd. Perhaps more so in attack. Here are LeedsUnited.News’ top three players for the first half of the season ahead of the World Cup:

Which Leeds star has been best so far?

3. Pascal Struijk

Honourable mention first goes to Illan Meslier. He has been excellent, but perhaps the stats have gone against him – conceding 27 goals and keeping just two clean sheets in 15 games. Struijk more than deserves his bronze medal.

Coming into the side at left-back, a position he has hardly played in – Struijk is much more renowned for playing at centre-back and holding midfield. His form has been so good, he was named in the Netherlands preliminary squad.

While he did not make the final cut, Struijk has been one of our most-consistent performers in a position that is not completely natural to him. He is keeping Junior Firpo out, and the need for a new left-back has been lessened.

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2. Tyler Adams

What an impact the USA midfielder has had. One of three players to jet off to Qatar – Adams and Brenden Aaronson will be taking on England at the World Cup on November 25. Adams has quickly endeared himself to the Leeds fans.

That is thanks to his robust, combative, hard-working style in midfield. Lung-busting stamina, passion and aggression all thrown into one. At 23, Leeds have really got themselves a bargain in the ex-Leipzig star at a fee of just £20million.

If Leeds are going to avoid a relegation fight this year, a lot of it will be down to the work Adams does alongside Marc Roca. He has hit the ground running and playing under Marsch beforehand is sure to have helped his start at Leeds.

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1. Rodrigo

Perhaps a bit of a surprise, but Rodrigo has been exceptional. The Spain international came into the season struggling. Leeds fans were on his back, having netted just 13 goals in two seasons – following his club-record move in 2020.

But, 31-year-old Rodrigo seems to be thriving under Marsch. With Patrick Bamford out, the need for a no.9 is massive. Rodrigo has stepped up to the plate. Already eclipsing his previous goal records in a Leeds shirt, with nine this season.

Five of those nine goals have come in the last four games. To come back, after all that pressure and criticism, Rodrigo has shown huge resilience. His goals have been crucial and to come back as he has, makes him our best player so far.

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