It’s been a long wait for competitive Leeds United action, but today marks the return of Premier League football for Leeds.
A 3pm kick-off against Bruno Lage’s Wolves awaits for Marsch and he will be optimistic about this game after what he has seen in pre-season.
Adding squad depth to his side in the off-season has been a huge boost, but it does present some tough decisions to make in his starting lineup.
Here, we look at two selection decisions that we expect the American to make ahead of kick-off this afternoon against Wolves…
Marsch’s appointment midway through the season saw a lot of halfway decisions made when it came to transitioning away from Bielsa’s style into his own.
The easiest setup he could adopt for his side last season was a narrow 4-2-2-2 formation, which brought the success of survival, but fans were never fully sold on the approach.
His pragmatism brought about alterations such as back-three formations, but this pre-season has seen him settle on a 4-2-3-1 formation that brings a lot more balance to the side.
The personnel he has brought in suit what he’s looking to achieve, and after fielding a strong side in the final friendly against Cagliari, it’s a strong indication that he wants to stick with that system.
Struijk at left-back
The lingering hole that remains in Leeds’ starting lineup despite months of transfer activity is the left-back slot.
Junior Firpo was going to be the man to start off the season there, but his injury, alongside Leif Davis’ exit, means Leeds have no natural option for today’s game.
Pascal Struijk started and finished the Cagliari win at left-back, and did a solid job going both ways, so should be in line to start for the foreseeable future, regardless of the business that Leeds look to conduct in that area.
The full-back positions have been an area of concern in pre-season with counter-attacks out wide proving to be a significant threat, but Struijk has done well to manage the threat.
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