Jarrod Bowen sublime, shot-shy Ings struggles - West Ham player ratings v Leeds United
West Ham rounded out their home obligations for the Premier League season with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Leeds United at London Stadium on Sunday (21 May).
Having booked their spot in the Europa Conference League final with a 1-0 win over AZ Alkmaar last time out, the Hammers were – perhaps understandably – a little sluggish early on against strugglers Leeds, who led through Rodrigo Moreno.
But Declan Rice marked what could well be his farewell home appearance with the equaliser and Jarrod Bowen turned from provider to scorer in the second half to secure the three points.
Here, West Ham Zone rates the Hammers’ players out of 10 for final London Stadium game of the campaign.
Lukasz Fabianski – 6
Back between the sticks after Alphonso Areola had the gloves again in Europe, Fabianski was solid enough and do very little to prevent Rodrigo’s expert finish.
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Vladimir Coufal – 6
Back in the side after not featuring against Alkmaar, the ever-solid Coufal put in a decent showing, making one clearance and one interception, while winning four of six duels.
Kurt Zouma – 5
Was in solid enough form prior to being substituted for Thilo Kehrer at half-time. Hammers fans will be hoping his withdrawal was cautionary and not due to injury.
Angelo Ogbonna – 5
It was great technique from Rodrigo to finish from Weston McKennie’s long throw into the penalty area but Ogbonna was slow to try and block the shot.
Emerson Palmieri – 6
Similar to Coufal, Palmieri was consistent throughout and provided a decent threat from left-back, even if several of his crosses failed to hit the mark.
Tomas Soucek – 6
With two clearances, three inceptions and a tackle to his name, it was a good outing for Soucek who has come in for criticism at times from West Ham supporters this season.
Declan Rice – 8
Had it not been for Bowen’s brilliant contributions then Rice probably would have earned our man of the match in what is very likely to be his last home appearance for the club ahead of an expected summer exit. A fairytale day for the England star, who scored the equalising goal.
Jarrod Bowen – 9 (man of the match)
The not-so-family-friendly chants about Bowen in the West Ham changing room that went viral on Thursday will probably be rung out again today and a superb display from the winger who set up the opener for Rice and scored the goal that might just consign Leeds to relegation.
Lucas Paqueta – 7
Plenty of effort, plenty of endeavour, and a just reward right at the end of the game when he finished some silky skills by laying one on a plate for Manuel Lanzini.
Pablo Fornals – 7
The hero of Thursday’s victory over Alkmaar, Fornals made three key passes – bettered only by Bowen among West Ham players – and was a constant threat throughout.
Danny Ings – 4
Ings did get the crucial assist for Bowen’s winner, but it was an otherwise quiet day for the shot-shy striker who managed only two blocked shots.
Thilo Kehrer – 5 (on for Zouma, ’45)
Did what he needed to do with a minimum of fuss and was rarely tested by a toothless Leeds attack in the second half.
Manuel Lanzini – (on for Bowen, ’84) – 7
On as a late switch for the sublime Bowen, attacking midfielder Lanzini managed to get on the scoresheet for a first Premier League goal of the season.
Ben Johnson – (on for Fornals, ’90) – N/A
Divin Mubama – (on for Ings, ’90) – N/A