Although Jesse Marsch is frustrated by Leeds United’s defeat to Spurs last weekend, he has found many reasons for optimism in this Premier League campaign.
The American manager has had a tumultuous few weeks on the bench, having come back from a two-goal deficit to beat Bournemouth and then squandering a 3-2 lead to lose to Spurs.
Marsch’s side is now 15th in the league, but they are just two points clear of the drop zone; to improve their chances of staying up, they want to make additions to the roster during the next January transfer window.
Marsch used Twitter to discuss the loss on Saturday and the areas in which his team can make strides during the six-week hiatus between the Olympics and the World Cup.
He said, “Still pissed off at the way we blew it yesterday; this is not how we want to leave things before the break. With some distance, though, this season’s numerous highlights become clear, and the best is still to come.
The young players have made great strides, and they’ll be well-served by taking some time off to focus on various aspects of their games before we all get back together again with the goal of strengthening our defence and enhancing our performance in all facets of the game.
Recuperate your strength
After a tense few weeks at Elland Road, Leeds supporters can finally take a deep breath and relax with a bottle of wine while watching the World Cup.
There have been a whopping 22 goals scored in The Whites’ past four Premier League games. Two enormous victories over Liverpool and Bournemouth balanced out defeats of 3-2 and 4-3 to Fulham and Spurs, but this expansive style of play is obviously not sustainable.
Now that Bamford is out again with an injury, players like Rodrigo and Crysencio Summerville need to score as many goals as they’ve given up.
However, it is quite doubtful that these two would continue to perform at such a high level in the new year, necessitating the investment in forward areas during the January window.
While it’s clear that Marsch is making good use of the resources at his disposal (he used the midweek EFL Cup match against Wolves to test out a number of young stars, including Sonny Perkins), he could use some leaders to help rid Leeds United of the soft underbelly they’ve been displaying as of late.