By Saikat Mandal

5th Mar, 2022 | 5:30pm

Jesse Marsch explains Leeds United team selection v Leicester City

Jesse Marsch has explained why he dropped Leeds United midfielder Adam Forshaw from the starting line-up against Leicester City.

In his first Premier League since taking over from Marcelo Bielsa, Marsch made two changes from the side that lost 4-0 against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.

Diego Llorente didn’t make the squad, while Forshaw was dropped to the bench. Mateusz Klich and Rodrigo returned to the squad.

Marsch said that Forshaw didn’t train every day of the week and that he was not completely fit.

Relayed by journalist Joe Donnohue on Twitter, he said: “Jesse Marsch says Patrick Bamford is not ‘fully fit’ but able to ‘give us some minutes’. Adam Forshaw didn’t train every day this week and is not at 100%, which is why he drops to the bench.”

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The best bit of news, obviously, is the return of the Leeds United striker, Bamford.

The England striker has hardly played this season due to recurrent injuries but he has now a big role to play for his side this season.

His goals and energy in the middle have been badly missed by the Whites this season.

Forshaw has been tremendous for the Whites, and Marsch has done the right thing by not playing him. There’s no point using a half-fit player.

The omission of Llorente raises an eyebrow. He has not made the squad, which probably suggests that the Spaniard is carrying some sort of an injury or he may have picked up an illness.

When players are fit, Leeds actually do have enough depth and quality in the side, but long-term injuries to key players have hurt the side badly.

In other Leeds news, Jesse Marsch names three Leeds youngsters that have impressed in training