Three things learned in Leeds United v Elche Festa d'Elx Trophy clash
Jesse Marsch and Leeds United got their season back underway in a friendly on December 8 at the Estadio Martínez Valero for the Festa d’Elx Trophy, in a 2-1 win against Elche.
The fixture saw a return to action for Leeds United winger Jack Harrison and defender Luke Ayling, nevertheless, starlet Crysencio Summerville suffered a disastrous injury in the opening minutes of the game.
MOT Leeds News looks at three things learned from Leeds’ Festa d’Elx Trophy 2-1 win in sunny Spain against the tenacious La Liga outfit Elche.
Summerville’s apparent injury highlighted his importance to Leeds United moving forward, the darting run that resulted in him limping off the pitch was one of the Whites’ only attacks in the first 45 minutes of play and it was 2 minutes in.
If the Dutchman’s injury is long-term then it must make signing a proven centre-forward in the January transfer window is an absolute must.
The Whites won the game after a fantastic second-half strike from Mateusz Klich, but they offered little to nothing moving forward without the exuberance of Summerville before this.
It’s just Leeds United’s luck this, Summerville playing in the form of his life and finally getting settled only to go and get injured in the opening minutes of a friendly.
You couldn’t make it up.
Harrison was one of Leeds United’s brighter attacking outlets after Summerville departed the pitch, which was a pleasant sight to see after the nightmarish beginning of the game.
The Englishman’s good form will be needed if the Dutchman’s injury turns out to be a bad one, with luck, he can make a decent run in Marsch’s first team in upcoming fixtures.
He looked lively throughout his minutes on the pitch down the left side and considering his long stint on the sidelines he put in a decent showing, providing a crucial pass for Sam Greenwood to assist Joe Gelhardt for the Whites’ equaliser.
TEAMtalk announced on 8 December that Harrison’s contract renewal is firmly on the agenda of Victor Orta’s priorities, and it will be even higher after the Summerville scare.
Comical defending still at large.
Elche went 1-0 up just before the teams entered the end of the first half and boy had it been coming, the Whites were way too easily split open with a ball over the top, yet again.
Leeds United getting caught out easily due to their fullbacks being too narrow has become a match made in heaven, the January transfer window couldn’t come soon enough.
The Leeds defence looked better in the second half of action but there still seems to be a wobbly edge towards everything they do.
It’s mistakes like the first goal that will be punished time and time again in the Premier League, will Marsch and Leeds United ever learn from their mistakes?
Manchester City on 28 December won’t be as forgiving as Elche.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites are now scouting an attacker at the World Cup and a January move appears to be on the cards for them.