Jesse Marsch to work on Leeds United defence after unprecedented Premier League development - Sky Sports pundit
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Leeds United will be making the most of their unexpected break by working on their defence at Thorp Arch, according to Paul Robinson.
All Premier League fixtures were postponed last week due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II while policing issues this week mean Leeds’ clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford has also been called off.
After this week, the international break starts, meaning that there will have been a one-month gap between Leeds’ last game – a 5-2 defeat to Brentford – and their next game against Aston Villa at Elland Road on 2 October.
Robinson doesn’t believe the break will do much harm to Leeds and if anything, he feels as though it will hand Jesse Marsch more time to fine-tune his squad.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “It gives Marsch more time to work with the players.
“He had pre-season with them and results were ok then, they started off well [in the Premier League] but now it’s a bit different and this break gives him a little more time to put his ideas into them on the training ground.
“After the last couple of results and performances – especially defensively – you’d like to hope that time is spent on the defence.
“Going forward, we know how good they are, they’ve got players who have the quality to cause teams problems. But at the back, it’s the Achilles heel.
“Discipline is another thing, the yellow card count. But defensively, they need to work on that and the last week has been used nicely.”
Before the extraordinary break in play due to the Queen’s death, Leeds had failed to win in three Premier League matches and suffered defeats at the hands of Brighton and Brentford.
Once the action resumes next month, Leeds will face a rather favourable run of fixtures against Villa, Crystal Palace, Arsenal, Leicester and Fulham.
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