By Sam Stone

19th Jan, 2023 | 7:53am

Roy Keane shares Jesse Marsch verdict live on ITV amid Leeds speculation

Roy Keane has claimed Jesse Marsch “talks a good game” despite Leeds United enduring a tough run of form in the Premier League at present.

The American saw his side cruise into the fourth round of the FA Cup after an emphatic 5-2 win over Cardiff at Elland Road.

Before the match, Keane claimed the American needed to start backing up his side’s performances with more positive results.

“He talks a good game, even in his interview after the Villa game last week he said he’s really happy with the performance,” said Keane (ITV 4, 07:29pm, 18 January).

“But you need to back that up and you need some results along the way. I think Leeds are doing okay. It’s tough going, they’ve had a few injuries.

“But you look at it, three seasons back now in the Premier League, it takes time to build a club. I enjoy watching them but if you’re a Leeds fan, you want more consistency and one or two more wins to go with the high energy the team’s got.”

Getting there

It feels as if Leeds are slowly getting there under Marsch and the win over Cardiff was one of the most complete performances we have seen since his arrival. The Bluebirds are obviously managerless and struggling in the Championship but that shouldn’t detract too much from Leeds’ performance at Elland Road.

It’s now up to this group of players to replicate their impressive display in this weekend’s Premier League clash against Brentford. Marsch’s men have a small gap between them at the bottom three, however, they still need to put a good run of form together to really pull themselves away from the relegation zone.

Luckily for Leeds, there are a number of teams who are really struggling so far this season. Everton look like a lost cause, West Ham have been extremely underwhelming and Southampton have been largely dreadful throughout the campaign.

With West Ham and Everton playing each other this weekend, Leeds have the perfect opportunity to put some daylight between themselves and their relegation rivals.

In other Leeds United news, Andrea Radrizzani found out about this “incognito” Leeds player just before the FA Cup clash against Cardiff