By Beck Pascal

24th May, 2022 | 8:40pm

Chris Sutton brands Leeds United a 'disaster' in worrying summer claims

Chris Sutton has branded Leeds United a “disaster” whilst insisting that Jesse Marsch has had a really difficult time since taking over from Marcelo Bielsa. 

The American took over at Elland Road in February with the Whites seemingly heading for relegation amid awful form.

Against all odds, Marsch kept the Whites in the Premier League on the final day of the season with a win against Brentford in conjunction with Burnley losing to Newcastle. 

The job is only set to get harder for the former RB Leipzig boss according to Sutton who worries for the Elland Road outfit.

When asked on the Monday Night Club whether he was surprised that Leeds stayed up, he replied: “Yes, absolutely. 

“Jesse Marsch, he’s such a positive guy isn’t he – you know after the games talking about it, you know he always believed, he always stayed positive, he never talked about the Championship. 

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“They stayed up because Burnley didn’t get a result so I understand all the positive thinking but they got away with one. 

“I worry for Leeds in the summer, I think it’s a really interesting summer because I think a lot of Leeds supporters have been frustrated about the lack of signings in January.” 

He added: “They have been a disaster defensively – I think he has had a really difficult time, Jesse Marsch. 

“They have got over the line but now the summer is one to watch for them especially.”

Go again.

It doesn’t matter how you get over the line, as long as you make it across and that is exactly what Leeds did. 

At several stages of the season, they looked to be down and out – nobody gave them a chance of surviving going into the final day. 

Admittedly, it did look to be a long shot but stranger things have happened in the Premier League – especially on the final day. 

Marsch did an excellent job of taking over from a club legend and steadying the ship amid a very chaotic time at the club and for that, he deserves a lot of credit. 

Not many people gave him a chance but he has more than proved the doubters wrong and will undoubtedly be looking to build on this momentum next season.

With the Whites’ topflight status now secured for another season, hopefully, they will be able to keep hold of their star players. 

It will be just as important to add several quality players to the squad that has worn incredibly thin over the course of the last term.

In other Leeds United news, an Athletic journalist has shared the “bizarre” celebrations he saw from a key Leeds man after the Brentford win.