LEEDS, England ( Associated Press) – After a busy summer that included several new contracts, Leeds-American coach Jesse Marsh hopes he has the players he needs to establish his own style of play.
Marsh is preparing for his first full season at the helm of the English Premier League club after replacing the wildly popular Marcelo Bielsa in February and then helping the team avoid relegation on the final day of the campaign.
The club has since lost two of its best players, Calvin Phillips to Manchester City and Raffinha to Barcelona, but have added seven new signings and are working on a few more.
“We know we have lost two great players, but it has allowed us to bring in another six, seven, eight elements that can help us play that version of football,” Marsh said on Friday. Which we want to play.” , the day before the team’s opening game against Wolverhampton. “We’ll use the situation to make ourselves stronger, I really think so.”
Marsh’s predecessor, Bielsa, earned cult status among fans after guiding the club to promotion in 2020 and maintaining his attacking style during a successful first season in the top flight. However, the Argentine manager refused to change tactics, even as the injury-plagued Leeds scored last season. At the time of his dismissal, the team was ranked 16th, scoring 17 goals in his last four matches.
Marsh took a more pragmatic approach without completely abandoning Bilsa’s ideas, but he had a full pre-season to put his stamp on the strategy and way of running the club.
“We’ve made a lot of progress over the past six weeks and I think we’re going to see a better version of what I want to be on game day, which is exciting to me,” Marsh said.