Journalist Dean Jones believes that new Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch can fix the defensive issues the Whites have had this season.
Leeds have the worst defensive record in the Premier League this season as they have conceded a whopping 61 goals so far. Of those, 20 alone occurred in February, Marcelo Bielsa’s final month in charge – breaking the record in the Premier League for the most goals conceded in a calendar month.
Marsch was able to stem the flow of goals lately, as Harvey Barnes’ solitary strike ensured the American started his Leeds tenure with a battling defeat at Leicester City.
Jones spoke to GiveMeSport and said that Marsch will be able to fix the defensive issues “sharply” after his recent introduction at Elland Road.
He said: “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that Leeds have been way too open defensively, so he’ll fix that pretty sharply.”
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Marsch has been thrown in at the deep end with Leeds, as he ended his first weekend at Elland Road with the Whites sitting just two points above the relegation zone, with Burnley, who sit in 18th, having a game in hand.
But it was a fairly positive start for Marsch in his first game in charge for Leeds on Saturday against Leicester, despite the 1-0 loss. Ben Fisher, reporting on the game for The Guardian, said Marsch will have “been pleased with his team’s overall performance and improved defensive display”.
In February, Marcelo Bielsa’s side conceded three or more goals in all of their games played, so just conceding the one is already an improvement on this from the American coach.
Patrick Bamford has featured just six times this campaign for Leeds and was named on the bench on Saturday, so this will be a huge boost for Marsch. If the American can turn the defensive form around and get Bamford scoring goals, that should be enough to ensure Premier League safety.