By George Overhill

20th Oct, 2022 | 7:10am

Jesse Marsch too open, it's causing Leeds United problems - Paul Robinson

Jesse Marsch shouldn’t be surprised that Leeds United opponents keep frustrating him if he “moans” about it constantly says Paul Robinson.

It has become a major bugbear for the Elland Road manager that teams attempt to slow the game down and disrupt his side’s rhythm by time wasting.

But former Whites keeper Robinson, a Sky Sports pundit, expects the situation to continue if the coach keeps complaining, while he has warned that results need to improve otherwise trouble won’t be far away.

The former Whites keeper told The Sun: “Jesse is infectious but at times he’s too open and honest. 

“He seems to criticise other teams every week for breaking up play, slowing the game down and upsetting Leeds’ rhythm. 

“He moans about it every game and then he’s surprised that the next opponents do the same thing!”

On the American’s current job security he added: “He’s earned himself time after keeping Leeds in the Premier League but over time it will tell if it was the right decision to bring him in. 

“Jesse did what he was brought in to do last year but it’s only going to be a matter of time before noises are made.

“Bournemouth and Fulham were two of the three favourites to go down but look at the way they’ve started. 

“Leeds were also in that potential relegation group at the start of the season, and the nearer they slip towards it the more trouble they’re going to get in. 

“He’s going to have to get results.

“They’ve got the team and personnel to cause problems, like they did against Chelsea and Arsenal last Sunday 

“They’ve done it at times during games but he’s struggling to get that type of performance every week against sides not in the top six.” 

Upset

It’s a fair point that the more Marsch makes it clear delaying tactics are getting to him the more incentive there is for other teams to capitalise and do it more.

While the results aren’t positive it is probably tempting for him to look for targets to put the blame on but if the opposition have worked out a way to nullify his tactics they are going to stick to it.

It is his job to devise a way to overcome the negativity he sees from the weaker sides at Elland Road, as the best performances against Chelsea and Arsenal have been against two who have attempted to play more expansively.

In fairness to the manager, he is succeeding in shielding his players from criticism by making things about himself in the same way Jose Mourinho often does, so that is perhaps his plan.

But the easier way to do that, and the far more important objective overall, would be to get more points on the board.

The strong start in the opening weeks suggested a major improvement on last season’s relegation battle, but the run since then is starting to hint that something similar could yet be on the cards.

In other Leeds United news, Paul Merson is worried about them ahead of their trip to face struggling Leicester.