Chris Sutton doesn’t sound too sure on whether Jesse Marsch will last long as the Leeds United manager this season.
Leeds kick off their 2022/23 Premier League campaign with a trip to Wolves on Saturday (6 August) with fans eager to see the Whites improve on their lowly 17th-placed finish of last term.
Over the summer, Marsch and Victor Orta have worked hard on signing new players but they’ve also had to cope with losing Raphinha to Barcelona and Kalvin Phillips to Manchester City.
Sutton feels that double exit will be an issue for Leeds and suggests Marsch will be lucky to get a good run in charge of the Yorkshire club this season.
“Not ideal losing star players Phillips and Raphinha, two men who helped Leeds survive by the skin of their teeth,” said Sutton in the print edition of the Daily Mail on Friday (5 August, pull-out).
“Marsch may find this season to be a long old slog – if he even survives that long.”
While we’re fully supportive of Marsch and won’t show anything but that inside Elland Road this season, we do have some doubts going into the new season.
Even though Leeds have spent so much money on new signings, their squad is still worse than it was last season when we finished 17th.
Raphinha’s move to Barca is a massive blow and we’re still yet to be convinced by Leeds’ performances without Phillips in the side.
It’s a huge ask for Tyler Adams to fill the England international’s boots while there’s also going to be pressure on Brenden Aaronson and Luis Sinisterra to perform.
It remains to be seen whether those new signings will perform for Marsch, who struggled to get a tune out of the Leeds side last season.
We were very lucky to avoid relegation from the Premier League with it being fair to say that two massive contributors to our survival were Burnley sacking Sean Dyche and Raphinha’s form.
Did Marsch really oversee an improvement from Marcelo Bielsa? Probably not.
We’re worried about the American manager, if we’re honest.
But we’re still going to back him.
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