By Craig Scott

4th Nov, 2022 | 12:10pm

Leeds United to jet out to Spain as behind-the-scenes changes begin at Elland Road - Phil Hay

Leeds United are scrapping their plans to head to the USA in the World Cup break and are now considering jetting out to Spain instead, according to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay.

Before they slipped into the Premier League’s relegation battle, Leeds were planning on heading to the States for warm-weather training.

However, speculation has since emerged around Jesse Marsch’s future at Elland Road and poor results and performances – prior to the win at Liverpool last week – have led to a re-think behind the scenes in West Yorkshire.

Speaking on the latest episode of The Phil Hay Show podcast (4 November, 16m55s), Hay said: “It will have been tense and it will have been stressed and people will have been concerned.

“The club clearly, without deciding to abandon Marsch, were worried themselves and there were changes talked about last week.

“They’re no longer going to the US in the World Cup, they’ll be staying in Europe.

“From what I’m told, they’re on about playing a friendly out in Spain during December like quite a lot of clubs are doing or thinking of doing.

“The amount of holiday they’re getting has been lessened.

“There has been a drive to say, ‘look, we have to find things to change to make this better’.”

Makes sense

We’re all on a bit of a high after that win at Anfield.

And while we don’t mean to rain on anyone’s parade, the issues at Leeds didn’t disappear as soon as Crysencio Summerville’s match-winning goal went in on Saturday.

Leeds have still been hopeless against the Premier League’s weaker sides. We’re still in a relegation battle. Certain players are still underperforming and Marsch’s future remains in doubt.

There are other issues, such as the continual injury issues but that’s not really something that can be pinned on Marsch as it was the same – but worse – for Marcelo Bielsa.

Leeds players don’t deserve a training trip to California if we’re honest.

For those who aren’t going to the World Cup, they’re welcome to a couple of weeks off to recover from a tough start to the season but away from that, it should be very hard work at the training ground.

Has Marsch really got his philosophy stamped into the squad?

Can they be fitter?

Do they need to do more work together after a big summer of change?

They’re all things that can be worked on at Thorp Arch or close to home. Any trip to the US would just be a vanity project pushed by the 49ers or by Marsch himself.

In other Leeds United news, an “official farewell” has been announced at a European club for a player who’s signed for the Whites.