By Sean Fisher

20th Oct, 2022 | 5:10pm

Marc Roca reveals budding partnership at Leeds United who make a 'good combo'

Both Marc Roca and Tyler Adams arrived at Leeds United over the summer, but it didn’t take long for the midfield duo to build a partnership.

Jesse Marsch moved quickly in the summer to bolster his squad, with the American boss particularly targeting midfield reinforcements.

With Kalvin Phillips departing for Manchester City, Marsch brought in Roca and Adams for a joint £30million [The Athletic].

The duo have been first-team mainstays under Marsch this season, and have made Phillips’ absence a lot easier to handle.

Roca recently commented on their budding partnership, as quoted by Leeds Live.

“I think our relationship is amazing, we feel comfortable to play together. I think we are a good combo. He makes it easier for me to play and I think he also feels comfortable with me.

“We are doing our best because we want to help the team and each other, I think it is very good.”


While Phillips was an obvious favourite at Elland Road for his Yorkshire roots, he was frequently injured or unavailable for Leeds, and his absence always had an effect on the team’s performances.

Marsch deserves credit for building a solid foundation in midfield through Roca and Adams – who have both been constantly available and reliable for the Whites.

Roca’s impressive passing and technical ability is superbly complemented by Adams’ energy and defensive work-rate. It’s clearly a partnership that Marsch thought through in the summer and he deserves an abundance of credit for implementing it well at Elland Road.

Their partnership in the heart of midfield is not only crucial for their own positions, but it also allows others to roam forward knowing they’ll be covered if they lose the ball. Brenden Aaronson is definitely a player allowed more license to roam due to Adams and Roca providing protection.

Marsch’s system revolves around the two of them working in unison, and so far it’s a plan that has worked brilliantly.

In other Leeds United news, Marsch has backed himself into a corner with only one left-back ready to face Leicester