By Joe Ellis

4th Oct, 2022 | 9:10am

Jesse Marsch always one step ahead with untouchable status at Leeds United near

Leeds United might only be 12th in the Premier League right now but Jesse Marsch has done a remarkable job to get them there.

The American manager has had to deal with his two best players leaving the club in the same transfer window and yet he has still built a very competitive side that is starting to play in his identity.

The Brentford battering aside, the Whites have been well and truly in every game they’ve faced and that was the case again on Sunday when Aston Villa could not find a way to beat the 10-men of Leeds.

“We worked on man-down tactics two weeks ago and even submitted a video for them to watch last night,” March said after the game, as quoted by Leeds Live.

“The preparation helped and then you also see, which I know we have here, the character, the character of our team, the fight, the willingness to run and do whatever it takes for each other.”

To have such a forward-thinking manager at the helm is such an advantage for Leeds United with every player knowing their roles in the worst of circumstances.

Marsch will probably have one or two outfield players doing the occasional goalkeeping drill too in preparation for if Illan Meslier finds himself injured or sent off without a replacement available for whatever reason.

He is still very young into his career both in general and at Elland Road but the way he has managed to transform this team over the summer has been extraordinary, even if the league table doesn’t tell the whole story just yet.

The way he is going, Marsch could soon find himself in untouchable tenure of the manager’s role in a similar vein to Marcelo Bielsa where it would take a horrid run of form to see him sacked.

In other Leeds United news, CEO Angus Kinnear did not hold back in his scolding criticism of referees and their lack of action with one element of the modern game.