Jesse Marsch can't storm onto pitch to solve in-game Leeds United issue - Sky pundit

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Paul Robinson admits it’s “difficult” for Leeds United to solve their woes at dealing with set-pieces after two more goals were conceded from them against Manchester City.

Leeds have had issues defending corners and free-kicks since returning to the Premier League in 2020.

According to stats by WhoScored, no team has conceded more goals from set-pieces this season in the Premier League than the Whites [18].

Robinson refuses to blame Jesse Marsch for the issue and feels as though it’s down to the lack of leadership among the players during the game that’s leading to the issue.

“The set-piece situation is difficult,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

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You can spend many hours on the training field putting people in positions and organising.

But when players cross the white line, you need leaders on the field, organisation and voices in the box.

The manager can’t walk on and organise players at set-pieces.

Managers spend hours walking through set-plays on the training pitch and it does become an issue but it’s the players’ responsibility to put it right on the field.”

Liam Cooper’s injury woes this season could be a factor in Leeds’ issues at defending set-pieces.

The club captain has played just 18 times in the Premier League this term and before missing the Man City game with an injury, Leeds had conceded just once in five games when he’d played 90 minutes.

In other Leeds United news, Richard Keys has shared his relegation view on the Whites after the latest twist in the Premier League.