Jamie Carragher slams Leeds United quartet as Gary Neville makes Premier League relegation admission
Jamie Carragher has blasted the Leeds back four this season, while Gary Neville admitted he “can’t be sure” the team will be safe from relegation.
The Whites were on an eight-game winless run prior to consecutive wins over Liverpool and Bournemouth, which lifted them out of the relegation zone and eased the huge pressure on Jesse Marsch’s job.
But speaking on The Overlap Fan debate (9 November, 43:32) Neville admitted he was unsure they would be safe while noting the bias against the boss, while Carragher insisted the back four is a big problem.
“I think the back four is really poor individually,” Carragher said. “I don’t know if it’s anything to do with the system, but when you see them as players you always feel there is mistakes there.”
“I thought Leeds were going to go down last season,” Neville said.
“Is it one of those things, not who he’s following (Bielsa), but just sort of the fact that, there is a little bit of the fact that because he’s American the jury is out from day one. Is he ever going to be accepted?
“And that’s not just by actual Leeds fans. There’s a bit of that mocking vibe isn’t there, around Jesse Marsch.”
“I wasn’t sure last season (if they’d be safe), so I can’t be sure. I can’t be sure, no,” he said.
The agenda against Marsch in the press has certainly been evident from day one because he’s American, with the likes of Simon Jordan constantly referring to him as Ted Lasso.
But him being American isn’t the reason Leeds fans have had enough of him at Elland Road. We’ve had enough because he hasn’t been performing to an adequate level and he’s struggled during his time in the Premier League.
There’s a lack of width in the squad despite the use of “wingers” in the team, and it’s affecting the way the team performs and gets results.
As for the back four, it’s been a problem for a while and Marsch has done his best to address it all. Rasmus Kristensen has been excellent as has Robin Koch, but the entire right side needs fixing.
With the January window approaching the hope is that it can be sorted adequately to keep us in the division, and then the team can continue to build and become an established Premier League team.
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