By Jonty Banks

31st Dec, 2022 | 7:30am

Jesse Marsch takes dig at Newcastle ahead of Leeds United clash in Premier League

Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch has hit out at Newcastle United’s “massive influx of money”, which has seen them linked with winger Jack Harrison in the upcoming transfer window.

The Whites and Newcastle have had differing fortunes this season, with the high-flying Magpies currently in the Champions League places and Leeds sitting just two points above the relegation zone.

Although Eddie Howe has taken great credit for the dramatic turnaround at the north-east club, the club spent £123 million in the summer transfer window [Transfermarkt] and had made Leeds ace Harrison their number one target.

Speaking ahead of the club’s trip to St James’ Park on Saturday, Leeds’ American manager Marsch outlined a long-standing trend that money and footballing success work in direct correlation.

As reported by Mail Plus, he said: “Money is always helpful.

“You don’t want to slight the job Eddie has done, because he has done an amazing job. But we all know in this world of football it’s something that’s different from American sports. We have salary caps and everyone has a chance when the season starts. I’m sorry, but the way European football works, that’s just not the case.

“So how do you build? One is a process and continuing to invest every penny the right way, which is what we are trying to do, and another one is a massive influx of money. Take Chelsea 20 years ago, take Newcastle now, take Manchester City 15 years ago. It’s a difference-maker.”

Tough to take

With Marsch under the pump at Elland Road, seeing the success that Howe has brought Newcastle in such a short period of time must be a bitter pill to swallow.

This time last season, the Magpies were still resigned to life in the relegation zone after sacking Steve Bruce, but ever since then, the two club’s fortunes couldn’t have been much different.

As Newcastle propelled themselves to an 11th-place finish, Leeds slipped into a relegation battle of their own, and if it wasn’t for Marsch’s immediate impact, the club could be playing Championship football this season.

Although the Tyneside club haven’t spent the ridiculous sums of money that were predicted in the last year, they still splashed out £63 million on Alexander Isak and a further £35 million on Sven Botman in the summer.

Saturday’s fixture could prove an intriguing encounter, and Marsch’s side will have to pull out all the stops to get a result.

In other Leeds United news, Chris Sutton predicts the result of Leeds clash v Newcastle for BBC Sport.