As we hit the business end of the season, things are not looking good for Leeds United, even despite a desperate change in management.
New Whites boss Jesse Marsch was keen to play down today’s encounter against fellow relegation rivals Norwich City as a crucial six-pointer but it’s hard to argue against that after they were thrashed by Aston Villa only a few days ago.
A 15th defeat in their 28th league game of the campaign sees the Yorkshire outfit sit only two points above the drop zone and six points adrift of the rock-bottom Canaries, who can halve the gap with a victory at Elland Road this afternoon.
“Someone said it’s like a final, but no. I understand the vernacular. Every point is valuable. Every moment on the pitch is incredibly valuable. Every point massive. Focusing on those things will only disrupt our ability to achieve those things,” the American told reporters (via LeedsLive).
He ought to get it spot on with team selection today then.
And the 48-year-old could well do so with a key change in attack as Marcelo Bielsa favourite Jack Harrison is in grave danger of losing his place after another poor performance without the Argentine.
The former Manchester City ace lasted only 58 minutes before he was hooked by Marsch in what was Leeds’ sixth straight defeat.
To be quite frank, it was an absolutely shocking showing from Harrison – in less than an hour on the pitch, he made only 55% of his 22 passing attempts, failed to deliver a single accurate cross from two attempts and won just one of five duels (20%), as per SofaScore.
Bielsa was sacked after a 4-0 whitewash by Spurs with Marsch’s first game being a 1-0 defeat to Leicester City, where the 25-year-old failed to inspire once more, managing only 76 minutes.
That American link isn’t working out thus far, so Harrison is one name that shouldn’t be named amongst the starters when Marsch names his lineup in west Yorkshire later today.
AND in other news, Leeds United dealt late setback ahead of Norwich City clash…