By Joe Ellis

21st Dec, 2022 | 7:10am

Leeds United likely to benefit from USA tour cancellation in run-in - Phil Hay

Leeds United are confident that cancelling their planned tour of the USA will benefit them in the long run, according to The Athletic’s Phil Hay.

Jesse Marsch and his coaching team decided to remain closer to home as the World Cup went on to ensure they could maximise the training they were doing in the time they had.

After two weeks off, the vast majority of the Whites squad travelled to Spain where they played Elche and Real Sociedad in friendlies to prepare for the return of the Premier League.

Only Rasmus Kristensen, Brenden Aaronson and Tyler Adams went to the World Cup and all have returned to Thorp Arch since with Adams the only one yet to make an appearance in these friendlies.

Adams is suspended for the Manchester City game on 28 December but Leeds still believe that the Spanish trip has been far more beneficial than a cross-Atlantic flight would have been.

For the summer

Big trips to faraway lands is a job for the summer where clubs have many more weeks to prepare for what is to come but with the short turnaround from the players returning from a break to the start of the season, it just was not viable.

Marsch, understandably, wants to take his side back to the place he calls home and receive the heroes welcome he craves but there is no sense in doing that in the middle of the season.

Leeds United will almost certainly end up Stateside in the summer if their American revolution carries on as it has with Adams, Aaronson and the boss himself.

The chances of that happening will increase even more if Mateusz Klich completes his rumoured move to D.C. United, who are managed by Wayne Rooney.

With a seven-hour flight, or maybe even longer, each way and the need to adapt to different time zones, a trip to the States would have been wasted in the middle of a season.

In other Leeds United news, one player can be crossed off Victor Orta’s transfer list for January as Fabrizio Romano issues the “here we go!” signal.