By Sean Fisher

25th Sep, 2022 | 11:54am

Tony Dorigo highlights change Jesse Marsch has made at Leeds United that has players at their 'peak'

Tony Dorigo has praised Jesse Marsch for adding squad depth at Leeds United – a change he thinks has brought the best out of players.

In his first transfer window as Leeds United manager, Marsch made some radical changes to his lineup. Plenty of players left, but even more arrived at Elland Road as the American extended the size of his squad.

The likes of Marc Roca, Tyler Adams, Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen have all slotted into the side’s starting lineup this season, and former Leeds defender Dorigo, who’s now a BT Sport pundit, sees it as a crucial change.

Speaking on the Official Leeds United Podcast, Dorigo said: “With the [number] of players that have come into the side, it’s really impressive how quickly they’ve settled in so well and played so well.

“All of a sudden, our bench looks pretty good – some players might not even make it to the bench. That’s how it should be though, players pushing all the time to get into the first XI and playing at your peak and that is where I think we’re at which is good.”

Competition

While Marsch did offload a lot of players in the summer, every one of his signings have added direct competition to places in the first team.

Marcelo Bielsa preferred a much smaller squad, and the Argentine coach was often forced to play players out of position as a result, but Marsch has took the opposite approach by adding depth to his squad, and it seems to be paying off.

Adams and Roca refreshing midfield partnership have made Kalvin Phillips’ transfer to Manchester City alot easier to forget, while Aaronson has been a revelation as an attacking threat.

Marsch deserves credit for the way he bedded his new signings into the lineup, and there’s still more to come once Luis Sinisterra gets up and running with consistent starts.

It’s a breath of fresh air to see Leeds have a plethora of options both for the starting XI and the bench, and fans can expect more incomings both in January and next summer.

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