Lee Dixon reveals why Leeds United press isn't working under Jesse Marsch
Lee Dixon has revealed why the Leeds United press isn’t working under Jesse Marsch, blasting the American’s tactical prowess.
The press is a key aspect of Marsch’s philosophy and in recent games against Leicester City and Fulham it has become stale and weak.
Dixon believes the Leeds United boss’s high press isn’t “joined” leaving the Whites defensively bare and embarrassed when they move the ball forward.
“He is no fool and knows what’s coming. He will know. All he can say now is exactly what he said ‘I am doing everything I can and working really hard. And he will work the players hard,” said Dixon speaking on speaking on Premier League Productions as quoted by Leeds Live.
“You have to be clever as well. You have got to be shrewd and work out a way. It’s easier for us to be critical sitting here. But he’s going out on the training field, from Monday-Friday, trying to work a way to get results.
“The way they are playing, at the moment, with his high press and it’s not joined. None of them are holding the piece of rope. They have all let the piece of rope go.
“How many times did we see in breakaways with nobody in Leeds’ defensive half? They pushed up so high, from set-pieces, and people were just running through on goal.”
Dixon’s right on this one, Marsch’s high-pressing style isn’t cutting it at Elland Road right now and it leads to far too many defensive mistakes.
Whether it’s his current players being unable to achieve what Marsch wants or just the American’s poor tactics is unclear right now.
Whatever the case may be, the Whites need a change of direction, what Marsch is currently trying to do with his formations and tactics is coming up short.
There are times when the press has been excellent, in games against Chelsea and Arsenal, but it’s too few and far between to be a heavily relied-on style for Leeds.
Things must change fast, a trip to Anfield on Saturday evening is the last place Marsch will want to be going, but it provides an excellent opportunity for redemption.
Another loss could spell the end of Marsch, in the cruel Premier League world, hierarchies can’t wait around for results to start flowing.
In other Leeds United news, Marsch has been told to enter quiet talks with the PGMOL after Jeff Stelling made an accusation.