Heading into this off-season, Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch is under no illusions that there is a lot of work to be done to avoid another relegation battle next season. The Whites secured their place in the top flight on the final matchday of the season in spectacular fashion, with Jack Harrison scoring in the 94th minute to end an otherwise miserable season happily.
But now Leeds are going to start over again under a new manager, a new regime and hopefully lots of new faces. However, some players currently in the squad also have huge points to prove.
Each player is, obviously, at a different stage of his career. Some are still young and have time to learn from their mistakes while becoming the players they hope to become, while others are nearing the end and want to show they still have enough to be impact players. .
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Here are five players with whom you have a “decisive” season in 2022/23.
Much was expected of Spain international Diego Llorente when he joined Real Sociedad in 2020. And while he worked his way into the most recent Spain squad, it’s fair to say he’s struggled extensively since signing and would have liked to do better than what we’ve seen from him. so far.
He had decent moments and periods of play, but he also had the fourth most errors leading to goals (19) according to Opta.
If Llorente flatters to cheat again this season, it would be a surprise to see him stay in West Yorkshire.
Charlie Cresswell was a name on Liverpool and Manchester United’s radar just six months ago, with Leeds United hoping to tie him down to avoid losing their talented teenage centre-back. But under Jesse Marsch, Cresswell found playing time hard to come by.
Heading into this season, Cresswell has revealed he plans to discuss his contract with Marsch and director Victor Orta, while admitting it could include him going on loan in order to play regular first-team football. next season.
At this stage of his career, he needs it. But if he is to stay at the club and not get any first-team minutes, he could move on.
On paper, Junior Firpo is exactly the left-back role that Jesse Marsch would want. He has shown in the past that he is capable defensively and offers something for the future. But he just didn’t show it in his freshman year.
The Spaniard has struggled extensively and been criticized for his defensive abilities, while offering little offensively. Leeds are hoping for a rebounding season from Firpo under Marsch, but it wouldn’t be a shock to see him through if they identify another left-back.
Now 23, Tyler Roberts doesn’t appear to be part of the long-term plan for Leeds United and is being linked with a host of Championship clubs. Roberts had good spells at Leeds but really failed to find a starting place – scoring just nine league goals in 101.
Despite signing a long-term contract in the summer, Roberts needs to thrive this season – needing a breakout campaign – or maybe it’s time for him to take action to look to revive himself . Leeds have reportedly looked to improve their striking options.
Leeds United came so close to signing Dan James when he joined United in 2019 after being at Elland Road. But no deal materialized after not being reached by the deadline. Two years later, however, he would join Manchester United for £26million.
While his first season could have gone better, scoring just four goals, James’ pace down the flanks makes Leeds a constant threat on the counter, while still providing them with an outlet.
Still aged just 24, James has plenty of time ahead of him to improve and justify the price tag, but he needs to improve this season as fans will really start to question the signing.