By Craig Scott

4th Oct, 2022 | 12:10pm

Jesse Marsch yelled about Junior Firpo in Leeds United draw v Aston Villa

Jesse Marsch was yelling to get Junior Firpo on the pitch sooner as Leeds United drew 0-0 with Aston Villa, according to BBC Radio Leeds presenter Jonathan Buchan.

Marsch had to watch the game from the media gantry at Elland Road on Sunday due to a touchline ban.

It allowed Buchan to get an up-close view on how the American manages his side in-game and it seems he was really eager for Firpo to get on the pitch in the draw.

“I made sure that I had one headphone off so I could hear him,” Buchan told Don’t Go To Bed Just Yet, as transcribed by The Boot Room. “He was trying to get some messages on to Rasmus Kristensen at one stage. He was trying to get Firpo on quicker than he got Firpo on.

“So he was making sure that Firpo was going, he was shouting down, ‘get Firpo to go warm up’. So they wanted him on quicker because of the change, they went three centre-halves at the back.”

Building up fitness

We’re happy to give Firpo a break at the moment.

He had a tough debut season at Elland Road but so did Rodrigo, Patrick Bamford and Jack Harrison – and look at them now.

Firpo’s had numerous injury issues and last season saw him booked way more than he should’ve been.

He’s missed the start of this season due to another injury issue but it looks as though he’s on the comeback trail now having played just over half an hour against Villa.

Should he displace Patrick Struijk at left-back?

It’s hard to say because Struijk isn’t a natural in that area but he’s had a very strong start to the season there and many would say his form in the last couple of months has been better than anything Firpo has been able to muster.

Firpo’s got to come good at some point but we’re at a crucial point now for the ex-Barcelona left-back.

He won’t have many chances to impress before the January transfer window unless he gets fit sharpish and starts to make the starting line-up.

If he doesn’t, a January exit shouldn’t be ruled out.

In other Leeds United news, a former FIFA official has slammed a controversial piece of footage from the 0-0 draw with Villa.