By Ben Brown

28th Apr, 2022 | 2:10pm

Leeds United are improving under Jesse Marsch says Tim Howard

Former Premier League goalkeeper Tim Howard has said the “signs are still looking good” for Leeds United as they try to avoid relegation under Jesse Marsch.

The American was on punditry duty for NBC during the Whites’ recent fixture against Crystal Palace and was impressed by the newfound resilience the Whites showed as they dug in to claim a point at Selhurst Park.

Vastly experienced Howard made 399 appearances in the top flight with Manchester United and Everton and, speaking via the Premier League on NBC podcast, said things are still moving in the right direction for Leeds as they battle with one of his former sides against the drop.

“I think it’s a good result, one point closer to safety. I said at halftime I think they have another gear, I still think they have another gear but they didn’t show us that,” quoted LeedsLive (28 April).

“But what you can do is be resilient at the back and be tough and hard to beat – which is what we saw.

“Okay they went for it, they didn’t play as well in the second half as we expected them to but they didn’t concede.

“They kept their second clean sheet in a row, hadn’t had one since November and the signs are still looking good for Leeds.”

Much Needed

With the surprise upturn in form of their relegation rivals and a daunting looking run of fixtures coming up it was vital Leeds came away from Monday night’s encounter with some points on the board.

They did manage that which is all that matters at this stage of the season but the embarrassing lack of goal threat will send alarm bells ringing throughout the fanbase as not once did the team look like seriously threatening Vicente Guaita in the Palace goal.

Once again it comes back to a somewhat arrogant recruitment strategy in January, with no additions made to bolster what is already a paper-thin squad that had been further sliced into by an absurd injury list.

That may be slightly in part to Marcelo Bielsa’s reluctance to bring anyone through the door rather than the board, and whilst that seems to have been vindicated with some of the names linked you can’t help but think Leeds would have benefitted massively from having an out and out centre forward for the run-in.

Manchester City await Marsch and his men on Saturday and it’s probably wise for most Leeds fans to watch this one from behind their sofas.

In other Leeds United news, Jesse Marsch has been sizing up the task his team face when the aforementioned Manchester City visit Elland Road.