By Beck Pascal

5th Mar, 2022 | 10:15am

Leeds United new boss Jesse Marsch shares 'fearless' view on players

New Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch has urged his players to tap into the fearlessness they showed under Marcelo Bielsa. 

The Whites find themselves 16th in the table, just two points off the drop zone in the Premier League.

Marsch was sure he understood the full extent of the difficulty and importance of instant results at Elland Road. 

“Honestly, pressure is what you make of it,” he told Yorkshire Post. “I understand this is a big league and a big moment and that we have to find ways to get points, to get results, that this club deserves to be in the Premier League.

“But if I focus on that it doesn’t help anybody or help me to do the job and my entire focus is on what we can control and what is important for us to get us to where we think we deserve to be.

He added “I used to have an equation: fear to fail equals failure. The way we play, our style of play is fearless. I think we have a lot of fearless young men here and we have to tap into that fearlessness and it will help us in a situation like this.

“The way we play is that making mistakes is never a bad thing because we are aggressive to go and win the ball back, to try and impose our will on the opponent at all times. I have to help educate the players and the team (about) exactly what that means on every given day and how to use it as a strategy to be better than the opponent.”

Right decision?

This is a very unprecedented time for Leeds United. The results needed to change because things were going from bad to worse under Bielsa – he was too stubborn for his own good which inevitably got the Argentine sacked. 

An instant uplift in form is no guarantee under the American though. He is a relatively inexperienced coach that is yet to prove himself, especially in the Premier League so he might take some time to adjust. 

The Whites simply can’t afford that. Marsch will understand the weight resting on his shoulders with relegation now a real threat. It is imperative he keeps Leeds in the topflight otherwise there will be serious questions asked surrounding Bielsa’s sacking. 

He needs to utilise all of the great qualities his predecessor instilled in this team whilst making them much, much harder to play against as well as a lot more resolute in defence.

A huge next couple of months await the American, the club and fans.

In other Leeds United news, Brendan Rodgers gives his honest verdict on Marcelo Bielsa’s exit.