Pablo Hernandez scored two gleaming targets to lead Leeds United benefit to the high of the Championship with a assured victory in opposition to Finding out.
With pre-match leaders Norwich City no longer in action till Wednesday, Marcelo Bielsa’s side leapfrogged the Canaries at the summit with a efficiency of class and ruthlessness to quell a resurgent house side, who had been unbeaten in three.
Mateusz Klich rolled Luke Ayling’s cutback in from 10 yards to put Leeds in front inside quarter-hour, and Hernandez took a high-tail rule pass on the level of the box, spun and curled the ball off the publish for the second.
The Spanish midfielder settled the competition approved earlier than the atomize when he thrashed the ball at some level of goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez from the brink of the box for the third.
As expected with the kind of joyful lead, the second half became once a extra pedestrian affair, and Leeds had been ready to seek the sport by to elephantine-time untouched.
While it’s some distance too early to review the present Leeds side to the legends of their early-Seventies heyday, there had been shades of their DNA on this efficiency.
Tyler Roberts became once booked early on for a lunge on John Swift that became once equivalent to a Norman Hunter field, whereas by contrast some of their one-contact football around the brink of the Royals’ box generally became once equivalent to the logo synonymous with Don Revie’s greats.
The lead became once so joyful that Patrick Bamford might presumably possess ample money to slay three probabilities, whereas Hernandez’s divulge for a hat-trick fell rapid when his shot seared wide of the publish.
While Leeds’ attacking football became once appealing and slick, there had been about a inclined moments at the benefit which Finding out threatened to punish, particularly when Andy Yiadom spun into house and compelled a aesthetic slim-attitude build from Kiko Casilla.
Yakou Meite had one other likelihood nonetheless Casilla became once one more time appealing ample, and the Spanish keeper became once alert to tip a fierce header over the high when a rare opportunity fell to Yiadom in the second half.
General, though, Leeds had been untroubled, whereas Finding out boss Jose Gomes handed a senior debut to academy product Michael Olise with the sport properly gone, who adopted Ryan East in making his bow.
Finding out manager Jose Manuel Gomes instructed BBC Radio Berkshire:
“Leeds are a truly factual group with potentially the strongest offensive dynamic on this league.
“We started the sport completely and we didn’t deserve to concede a purpose in the moment we conceded nonetheless every part became once excellent in the vogue they scored the targets.
“They shot four times and scored three targets nonetheless we didn’t stop, we reorganised and performed better in the second half.
“We are no longer chuffed with the discontinuance consequence nonetheless the avid gamers and the group performed properly so there are a bunch of positives to decide into the subsequent sport.”
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa instructed BBC Radio Leeds:
“It became once a gorgeous consequence, we would possess scored extra targets and conceded a purpose. In spite of the adaptation in the discontinuance consequence the group became once faithful to the vogue. We performed an opponent that has harmful offensive avid gamers.
“If you happen to possess a examine the desk, you handiest can attain the conclusion we possess many video games to play and taking this into story, we must raise each and every sport.
“Or no longer lower than, we must verify out to raise each and every sport because it can presumably even be indispensible.”