Leeds United coach Jesse Marsch has been told he can save the club millions in transfer fees by offering three bright young talents more first-team opportunities.
The American has been trusted by Andrea Radrizzani and Victor Orta to steer Leeds clear of relegation trouble. As it stands, they are two points clear of the relegation places, though Burnley, in 18th, have a game in hand. One Leeds old boy, Rio Ferdinand, has explained why his former club are in massive trouble.
Marsch drew a blank on his first match in charge – an unfortunate 1-0 defeat at Leicester City. Leeds were the better side against the Foxes, but were unable to break through and were ultimately punished by Harvey Barnes.
Now they face a crucial run of fixtures which will likely make or break their survival chances. First up is Aston Villa on Thursday. They then face fellow strugglers Norwich in a crunch clash on Sunday.
Their preparations for the game though have seen yet another injury setback – this time to Tyler Roberts. The Wales forward will now miss the remainder of the season after going under the knife.
One man who may benefit, however, is Joe Gelhardt. The talented teenager is one of Leeds’ brightest hopes and has one goal and one assist from 11 Premier League appearances.
And Gelhardt is one man Danny Mills has advised Marsch to involve on a more regular basis.
In addition, Mills also feels there are two other young stars worthy of inclusion in the Leeds side more frequently.
Gelhardt the pick of the bunch
Speaking to Football Insider, Mills claims Leeds’ players should be worried for their places in the side.
He said: “All players should be worried. When you get a new manager coming in, you can’t not be worried. You’ve got to understand that he’s a new manager with slightly new ideas.
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“He’s also said there will be slightly more squad rotation and not be afraid to throw the youngsters in. Maybe there is going to be a bit more competition for places and that can only be a good thing.
“Gelhardt might come into it a bit more, [Crysencio] Summerville and [Charlie] Cresswell both come into reckoning off the back of that and could explode.
“Suddenly, everybody thinks ‘Oh, if I want to play, I’ve got to play a bit better’. The owners will be hoping that comes to fruition.”
Jesse Marsch well aware of Leeds United youngsters
Despite Mills’ comments, Marsch seemingly needs no introduction to Leeds’ star young talents.
In his first interview before the media, he clearly knew his new charges very well.
He said: “I’m just getting started. I think if you count Joffy [Gelhardt] as the younger group then yeah, he’s been good.
“I think Crysencio’s been good in the group, I think Charlie Cresswell comes every day and works really hard, but again I know those players, I know Joffy a little bit from watching the 23s games and first-team matches.
“But I need to get to know these young players more to understand what their qualities are and how they can continue to grow.”