Sky Sports pundit fears for Leeds United if Jesse Marsch repeats recent mistake
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Leeds United will be “setting up to fail” if Jesse Marsch makes the mistake of being defensive against Brentford according to Paul Robinson.
The Whites have conceded 78 times this season, which is only better than league-worst Norwich by one, and have kept a single clean sheet since November, but the manager has attempted to shut up shop and play a back five in recent games against Chelsea and Manchester City – to no avail.
After Pascal Struijk came off the bench to score a late equaliser against Brighton last time out Sky Sports pundit Robinson feels that if the Dutchman is preferred to Junior Firpo it would mean a defensive outlook that could spell disaster against the Bees when points are essential.
He told MOT Leeds News when considering the merits of the two: “I don’t think there’s much difference in the height of them in all honesty.
“Firpo gives you more going forward down that side. If you play Struijk and you’re playing a back three and he’s at left-back it’s very defensive.
“Brentford, they’re defensively strong. They shut Spurs out. They stopped Spurs even having a shot on target, I was at that game [23 April].
“They can defend well and they’re a threat going forward.
“It’s not going to be easy for Leeds but it’s a game where they can’t afford to sit for 60-70 minutes and hope they don’t concede.
“Because you look at the goals conceded record. It’s not their forte. It’s not what they’re good at.
“If he [Marsch] sets them up with five at the back and four in midfield with one up top, I think they’re setting up to fail.
“Defensively, it’s the weakest part of their game.
“They have to work on that, but in the last game of the season the last thing they want to do is try to keep a clean sheet for 70 minutes because they haven’t done it in goodness knows how long.”
Going into the final day in the relegation zone they know they have to get something from the game to give themselves a chance at survival.
If Burnley avoid defeat against Newcastle then only a win will do for United, and with Brentford in decent form it appears the only option is to go at them.
The left-back choice is one element to potentially the biggest team selection of Marsch’s managerial career, and with so much on the line, if he gets it right it could be the making of him at Elland Road.
In other Leeds United news, if the club go down there could be a “serious legal challenge” to the result.