Phil Hay believes that Jesse Marsch will be a lot more open to signings and recommendations as Leeds United manager compared to Marcelo Bielsa.
It was well-documented that Bielsa had the final say on the majority of players that arrived at Leeds during his tenure at Elland Road, which will have made transfer windows sometimes difficult as it was in January – where Leeds made zero signings.
Now though, with Marsch at the helm, it appears that things could be a lot more fluid, with one signing, Brenden Aaronson, already looking set to be completed – and that could well be a sign of things to come as the American appears more open to signings and recommendations, according to Hay.
If Marsch is going to be more open when it comes to transfers, as revealed on The Phil Hay Show, it could be an unusual but interesting transfer window.
Hay said: “I think one of the things that you’re going to see is that the pool of players that Marsch is open to signing will, I think, be far broader than the pool of players that Bielsa would be open to signing.
“Because I don’t think Marsch will have such strict parameters for what he wants. I think he’ll still have a fairly fixed idea of who suits his system, but it was always very, very focused with Bielsa.”
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With Marsch, his tactics are very different to Bielsa’s as the American likes to opt for a much narrower formation, even though arguably Leeds’ best player was a winger in Raphinha, which meant the Brazilian sometimes ended up as a full-back or wing-back.
If this is what Marsch is looking to stick to, it should be no surprise that players such as Raphinha and Jack Harrison – who are natural wingers – have been linked with departures, while Aaronson, who can operate through the middle of the pitch is likely to arrive at Elland Road.