By Craig Scott

6th Mar, 2022 | 1:10pm

Jesse Marsch irritated by Junior Firpo as Leeds United lost 1-0 v Leicester

Jesse Marsch was left irritated by Junior Firpo during one moment in his first match as Leeds United manager on Saturday, according to Graham Smyth.

Writing on the Yorkshire Evening Post website, Smyth reported that Firpo, 25, irked Marsch by launching a throw-in back into his own half in the 1-0 defeat to Leicester at the King Power Stadium.

It is understood that the new Leeds manager spoke with Firpo a few times after that.

Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Smyth said: “Marsch cut an animated figure on the touchline, pacing up and down throughout, turning to express all his emotions in the direction of his staff and substitutes.

“At one point he was explaining to players on the bench what it was he wanted to see in a certain in-game scenario, then he was celebrating Jack Harrison’s pressing as Leicester were forced to play the ball out for a throw.

“He was exasperated when Junior Firpo sent a throw-in deep into his own half and later spent a good few moments in deep conversation with the left-back.

“When another throw went backwards Marsch let his defender know he accepted that decision because it looked the only real option.

“Firpo came in for a lot of coaching during the first half, as the man closest to the head coach, and was evidently being told to get much narrower at times.”

Must do better

Firpo had had the odd good game since he joined Leeds in the summer but has so far failed to prove he’s been an upgrade on Ezjgan Alioski.

Alioski wasn’t even a natural left-back yet he had an abundance of energy and usually always had an impact going forward.

Firpo is a letdown defensively and really doesn’t do much in the attack.

He’s been worse than average and that should be seen as a massive concern for Victor Orta, who hasn’t really made a top-class signing other than Raphinha since we were promoted.

Again, if you overlook Raphinha, Leeds’ best players in the Premier League have been ones who Marcelo Bielsa already had at his disposal in the Championship.

Marsch has a big task on his hands to be able to get the best out of players like Firpo, who have consistently underperformed.

We don’t envy his position at all.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared if Bielsa suffered a player mutiny at Thorp Arch before his sacking.