By Pranav Shahaney

23rd Sep, 2022 | 4:40pm

Phil Hay shares Jesse Marsch concern at Leeds United break in games

Phil Hay believes that Jesse Marsch will be concerned by the lack of games Leeds United have played over the last two weeks.

The international break has come at the wrong time for the Whites who have seen their previous two games being rescheduled.

While they do have some warm-up games behind closed doors over the coming days, preparation will not be ideal with so many players out on international duty.

He said on the Phil Hay Show (2:10), “There’s scope to do loads of running on the training ground but it just isn’t the same [due to international break].

“I think that’s probably the little window. I would imagine that Marsch would be concerned by the idea of a month of downtime when they weren’t expecting it and weren’t planning for it.

“Little games here and there will keep them going and keep them fresh.”

Fitness worries?

Another concern Marsch would have is that his players could return with fatigue or injuries which are not ideal ahead of a busy run.

They will get first-team training at the international level which is always good but there’s always a risk of pushing oneself over the line to impress head coaches.

With this being the final chance before the World Cup, players will certainly go overboard in order to win themselves a berth at the tournament.

Hopefully, Marsch gets a chance to work with some of the youngsters over the international break and we could see some of them in the matchday squad against Aston Villa.

Willy Gnonto certainly looks the part and his performance with the Under-21s showed that he’s way better than players in that age group.

It will be interesting to see when and if Marsch decides that the Italy international is ready for his senior debut.

In other Leeds United news, an Elland Road-linked midfielder is now certain to leave his club in the coming weeks as a host of Premier League clubs are vying for his services.