By Liam Thomas

15th Nov, 2022 | 11:10am

Leeds United players have two-week World Cup break before Thorp Arch

Leeds United players will have a two-week World Cup break before returning to training at Thorp Arch, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The Whites will use their break to look extensively into their poor defensive performances in recent outings, one of which saw them throw away three leads against Tottenham.

Journalist Joe Donnohue admitted that the Whites will look to “curb” this all but familiar trend that has crept into performances before playing Manchester City at Elland Road.

“It is a trend which has become increasingly apparent in recent weeks, culminating in Saturday’s performance in the capital. While Spurs have made a habit of coming from behind this year, for Leeds to go in front three times, only to lose the game – a first in club history – was worrying, to say the least,” said Donnohue as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“Leeds players not participating in the 2022 FIFA World Cup currently have a two-week break, but upon their return to training at the end of this month, have four weeks to curb the all-too-familiar trend which has crept into recent performances, before welcoming Manchester City to Elland Road.”

Opportunity.

The World Cup break provides Leeds United and Jesse Marsch the perfect opportunity to get the Whites’ defensive issues sorted out.

Something drastically needs to change, whether it’s the players Marsch has at his disposal or his pressing tactics, Leeds’ defence simply isn’t good enough.

Consistently shipping two goals or more every game will only leave Leeds further down the Premier League pecking order, no matter how many goals they score.

And whilst recent performances have been exciting to watch, it’s far from a reliable remedy that will guide the club to better days.

There is still a lot of apprehension in recent outings and every game feels like the Whites are one step away from a manic few minutes. Slowing everything down and avoiding utter chaos is something that needs to be worked on in the next month.

Whether Marsch’s brand of football is capable of doing this is another question altogether, but we will see as the season progresses.

In other Leeds United news, the club have now put up a first-team player on sale as they expect top EFL sides to make a move for him in January.