By Sean Fisher

27th Oct, 2022 | 10:10am

Data comparison shows Leeds United players are hugely underperforming in three key areas

Leeds United may sit 18th in the Premier League, but stats suggest it’s the players that are massively underperforming, not Jesse Marsch.

Stats can often be misleading, but they can also offer a more rational approach to a team’s form and performance levels.

In Leeds United’s case – the stats show that Marsch’s side are creating plenty of chances but not scoring, facing few shots but conceding a lot and are dominating the ball with no reward.

All Marsch can do is set his team up in the best possible way, the rest is up to the players. According to the latest data reported by The Telegraph, it’s the latter that is letting Leeds United down at the moment.

That’s because in expected goals (xG), Leeds rank seventh in the league with 1.45xG per game. However, despite all the chances created, Leeds are scoring just 1.18 goals per game on average.

As for the defending, Leeds face just 12.18 shots per game (the ninth lowest in the league). Yet Illan Meslier is conceding the sixth-most amount of goals in the division with 1.64 goals conceded per game on average.

The report also draws a comparison between a team’s average possession and their position in the table. However, Leeds rank seventh for average possession with 52.41%, yet find themselves all the way down in 18th.

Now by no means do these stats eliminate all blame from Marsch. The American has definitely made some odd decisions and mistakes when it comes to tactics, lineups and substitutions – but what manager doesn’t?

The truth is that Marsch is still setting up Leeds to win games, but the players are massively underperforming. With wasteful strikers and leaky goalkeepers, Leeds are poor in both boxes and that’s never a good sign.

Of course, it’s Marsch’s job to make sure his players are high on confidence too, but that becomes harder and harder each week as the pressure piles on and the poor luck continues.

With many Leeds fans baffled as to why the board are keeping faith with Marsch after a run of eight winless games, perhaps this glance into the statistics shows that he’s not entirely at fault for the dire run of results.

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