By Sam Stone

15th Nov, 2022 | 10:10pm

Pundit slams Jesse Marsch 'wild' Leeds United tactics after latest defeat v Tottenham

Former Arsenal winger Adrian Clarke has slammed Jesse Marsch’s ‘wild’ Leeds United tactics after his side’s latest goal-fest against Tottenham.

The Whites went down 4-3 to Antonio Conte’s men in what was a thrilling encounter at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday (12 November).

However, Clarke believes Marsch must focus more on the defensive side of the game after his side yet again were “all over the place” at the back.

“I think Leeds need a whole new defence, I mean who would you keep? If you ask Leeds fans who would you want as first choice out of your current back four, I don’t think you’d choose any of them,” said Clarke (talkSPORT Gameday Podcast, 33:08, 14 November).

“I think they need to invest in that area, as they were all over the place against Tottenham.

“It’s still all a little bit wild with Leeds. I do like their spirit and I do like the dynamism the manager brings, there is real bravery there.

“There’s not much structure and the positional discipline is poor. Being a manager it’s great to win at Anfield, but it’s important to work on all aspects of your team’s play and it seems from the outside looking in he’s focussing a lot more on the attacking side of things.”

Invest in January

For Leeds and Marsch, surely looking to invest in some defensive additions is going to be high on their list of priorities. Some of the defending against Tottenham was barely League Two level, let alone Premier League standard. It’s all well and good slamming Marsch’s tactics, but Leeds shipped goals under Marcelo Bielsa, which probably indicates their defence is simply not good enough.

Although they’re doing a good job at scoring goals at the moment, it’s unrealistic to ask the likes of Rodrigo, Brenden Aaronson and Crysencio Summerville to deliver in an attacking sense every single game. If Leeds conceded half as many goals as they did, there’s a good chance they would still win plenty of football matches.

We all know a striker is high on the list of Victor Orta’s transfer wishes, but at the moment a left-back and another central defender should be just as important for the Whites’ sporting director.

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.