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1 tackle, 4 clearances: Has this Leeds United ace done enough to retain his place against Derby?



Leeds United picked up a point in the Sky Bet Championship yesterday against Bristol City, with Paul Heckingbottom’s side putting in a committed second-half display.

The Whites fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with the Robins, with late goals from Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Kemar Roofe restoring plenty of faith around Elland Road.

Heckingbottom made a series of changes to his starting XI yesterday, with Vurnon Anita one man to earn a recall to the Leeds side.

Anita lined up at right-back, deputising for Luke Ayling and Gaetano Berardi, who are injured and serving a suspension, respectively.

Here at FLW, we crunch the numbers behind Anita’s performance:

The 28-year-old, who is recognised as a midfielder, but has played all his football for Leeds in defence, completed all 90 minutes of yesterday’s contest, making one tackle during that time.

Heckingbottom will have been pleased with how often Anita got on the ball, however, with the Dutchman making 26 passes and one key pass, at a high success rate of 73.1%.

Whilst Leeds struggled defensively during the first-half, Anita’s contribution on the whole was impressive, making four clearances over the course of the game.

Leeds fans… Would you keep Anita in the starting XI against Derby? Let us know your thoughts!

Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Covered Leeds United during their promotion-winning season in 2019/20.

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Article title: 1 tackle, 4 clearances: Has this Leeds United ace done enough to retain his place against Derby?

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