Jesse Marsch to prioritise Premier League prize money over game time for Leeds United youngsters - Pundit
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Paul Robinson predicts Jesse Marsch to prioritise Premier League prize money over playing young talents at Leeds United for the remainder of the season.
While Leeds are not technically safe, their run of winning 10 out of the 12 available points in their last four games has moved the Yorkshire club well clear of the relegation zone.
It’s raised the question of whether Marsch will use the final weeks of the campaign to hand more senior minutes to up-and-coming youngsters like Lewis Bate, Joe Gelhardt and Cyrsencio Summerville.
However, Robinson doesn’t see that as being the case as he feels Marsch would rather end the season strongly and boost Andrea Radrizzani’s coffers by getting a higher league position.
“I don’t think he will [give the youngsters a chance], I think he’ll want to get as many points as he can,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.
“Points in the Premier League and position in the table mean money for the club and also the manager wants to get off to a winning start.
“Marsch doesn’t want to have a record tarnished by rotating the side.
“I think we’ll see him play a strong squad and his strongest available 11 between now and the end of the season.
“I think he has to because Leeds don’t want to be finishing fourth from bottom, they want to be finishing as high up the table as possible.
“As much as it would be good to give these youngsters game time, I think it’s important they finish the season strongly and get as many points as they can.”
As reported by The Mirror, Burnley received £8.5million for their 17th-placed finish last season in the Premier League.
Finishing 12th netted Newcastle £17million last term and as it stands, Leeds are only three points behind out-of-form Aston Villa in 12th.
A strong finish could see Leeds rewarded with millions of extra pounds from the Premier League.
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