By Daniel Feliciano

21st Oct, 2022 | 12:40pm

TalkSPORT pundits defend Jesse Marsch after Leeds United defeat v Leicester City

Jesse Marsch needs more time to get Leeds United where they want to be after defeat to Leicester saw his job come under pressure, according to two talkSPORT pundits.

The Whites were beaten 2-0 by the Foxes to make it seven games without a win, with question marks being asked about Marsch’s future at the club as a result of their recent run of form.

But speaking to talkSPORT [21 October, 11:08] pundits Alex Crook and Martin Keown lept to the manager’s defence, saying he seemed up for the fight and that he needed more time at Elland Road.

“It wasn’t a very popular decision among the Leeds fans [to sack Marcelo Bielsa],” Crook said. “Bielsa has this cult like status at Elland Road.

“He kept them up last season. I think we can all agree that if Bielsa had stayed in charge they probably would have been relegated.

“He’s moulded the squad in his image, they’ve invested in the summer. I think he does need time to be honest.”

Keown also had his say, admitting that the loss to Leicester was a “hammer blow”.

“Well he’s certainly got plenty to say for himself Jesse Marsch,” he said. “He’s up for the fight, constantly pointing at his watch, that’s his style, but that would’ve been a hammer blow last night to have lost that game.

“I thought they played really well against Arsenal at the weekend.”

Time to go?

Marsch has been a breath of fresh air at the club and fans will always be grateful to him for keeping us in the Premier League last season by the skin of our teeth.

But that good will can’t last forever and at the rate we’re currently going at we’re going to be in trouble again come the end of this season.

We’ve had a worse start to the season than we did last year and the team is seriously struggling for goals, but the manager doesn’t seem to be willing to try anything new with the players at his disposal.

Senior players have been out of form but Joe Gelhardt and Willy Gnonto have barely seen first-team action so far this season, while there is little rotation in other positions.

Something needs to change, and if Marsch won’t do it on the pitch then maybe the board need to consider that it’s him who needs to be changed before it’s too late.

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