Jesse Marsch helps bring back 'old memories' at Leeds United for Jack Harrison
Jesse Marsch’s reign as Leeds United manager didn’t get off to the ideal start away at Leicester City despite a much-improved performance.
The Whites were beaten 1-0 on Saturday as the American coach instilled new tactics and a fresh formation to the table after three and a half years of Marcelo Bielsa’s murderball.
The new 4-2-2-2 system that Marsch deployed with such great effect at RB Salzburg certainly provided chances for Leeds and it was only wayward finishing that prevented them from taking something from the game.
Whites winger Jack Harrison has spoken about Marsch’s arrival in Yorkshire and thinks there is no better man for the job at hand.
“He’s the perfect man for the job,” Harrison said, speaking to BBC Sport West Yorkshire. “All of his characteristics and what he brings as a manager is exactly what we need in this moment.
“With the change in formation and tactics, I’ve been asked to play in a different role which I’m excited about.
“I grew up playing in a more central role as a number 10 so it brings back some old memories of when I was a kid.
“I’m hoping to see a more improved Jack Harrison, score more goals and have more impact on games while continuing that same work ethic and determination defensively to get the work done.”
Trust the process
New manager bounce is something often talked about as the way to stay up in a relegation fight but that was never going to be the case for Marsch.
Bielsa had been at the club for so long, playing a certain way, that it was always going to be tough to change that in an instance and the team immediately pick up results.
To only lose 1-0 with a good all-around performance isn’t the poor result it may seem on the face of it.
The managers who last a long time at a club don’t necessarily get a flying start as they look to implement their own ideology on the players.
Marsch is one of those who will look more long term in his planning and when it all clicks together, his Leeds side will be as good to watch as Bielsa’s if not better.
The fans might not realise it now but further down the line, they will appreciate the process he is going through, just be patient.
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