Marsch must eliminate Bielsa’s favorite from Leeds XI
As we come to the end of the season, things are not looking good for Leeds United, even despite a desperate change of management.
New Whites boss Jesse Marsch was keen to play down today’s encounter against relegation rivals Norwich City as a crucial six, but it’s hard to argue against after being beaten by Aston Villa there only a few days old.
A 15th loss in their 28th league game of the campaign sees the Yorkshire side sit just two points above the drop zone and six points behind the Canaries, who can halve the gap with a win at Elland Road this afternoon.
“Someone said it was like a final, but no. I understand the vernacular. Every point is valuable. Every moment on the pitch is incredibly precious. Every stitch is massive. Focusing on these things will only disrupt our ability to achieve these things,” the American told reporters (via LeedsLive).
Should Marsch drop Harrison from Leeds’ starting XI?
He should then be successful with today’s squad selection.
And the 48-year-old could do just that with a key attacking change as Marcelo Bielsa’s favorite Jack Harrison is in serious danger of losing his place after another poor showing without the Argentine.
The former Manchester City ace lasted just 58 minutes before being snagged by Marsch in what was Leeds’ sixth successive defeat.
To be quite frank, it was an absolutely shocking performance from Harrison – in less than an hour on the pitch, he only made 55% of his 22 passing attempts, failed to deliver a single accurate cross on two attempts and only won one in five. duels (20%), according to SofaScore.
Bielsa was sacked after a 4-0 shutout by Spurs, with Marsch’s first game coming in a 1-0 loss to Leicester City, where the 25-year-old failed to inspire once again, managing only 76 minutes.
That American link isn’t working so far, so Harrison is a name unlikely to be named among the starters when Marsch names his West Yorkshire roster later today.
AND in other news, Leeds United suffered a late setback ahead of Norwich City clash…