By Anthony Onifade

4th Jan, 2023 | 7:40am

Jesse Marsch wins 'vote of confidence' from Leeds United board as Tuesday news emerges - Sky journalist

Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch is now under pressure to deliver Premier League safety after the club owners provided a “vote of confidence” with the signing of Max Wober, according to Sky Sports journalist Kweko Afari.

The Austrian international was confirmed as Leeds United’s first signing of the January window [The Athletic, 3 January] after joining from Red Bull Salzburg in a £10million deal until the summer of 2027.

Along with Rasmus Kristensen and Brenden Aaronson, the now ex-Salzburg ace has formerly worked with coach Jesse Marsch in Austria during his two-year tenure at the Red Bull Arena.

The Whites have conceded a league-high 29 goals in the English top flight and the signing of Wober should aid Marsch in fixing a ‘leaky defence’ and navigating a route towards safety from the drop.

Speaking on Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk (3 January), Afari said: “Max Wober’s coming in, he’s a player that’s played under Jesse Marsch before at Red Bull Salzburg, he’s very familiar with him. I think with this story, it speaks about the vote of confidence shown to Marsch that they’re providing him with players that he’s very very familiar with and so it’s now on him to keep Leeds in the division.

“They’ve struggled defensively, we’ve seen them involved in some a few incredible games this season, high scoring games, and hopefully with the signing of Wober, he can shore up that defence, that has been pretty leaky this season.”

Pressure is on

Indeed, the signing of Wober is a strong vote of confidence from the Leeds United board. One which they believe should provide Marsch with the tools and resources to fix what has been an incredibly weak defence so far in this campaign.

Twnenty-nine goals conceded in the league simply isn’t good enough, and signing a player with Champions League-level experience should aid their efforts in improving such a frail back-line.

£10million may seem a small amount to some, but considering the stance of the current owners and the potential sale of the club at the end of the season, the board clearly see the need to reinforce that area of the pitch so the pressure is certainly on Marsch to deliver the target of Premier League safety.

History proves a good and steady defence during a relegation battle guarantees beating the drop, and the Leeds United board will be hoping the capture of Wober could provide the Marsch with the quality needed to reach their targets come the end of the season.

In other Leeds United news, it’s been suggested this Leeds ace signed a new contract under false pretences.