Scouting expert: Jesse Marsch must lean on youth to keep Leeds United job

We’re delighted to welcome Football Manager’s Wolves researcher Dave Azzopardi as our exclusive columnist. Each week the scouting expert will be giving his views on the biggest talking points on Wonderkids across the UK…

Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch must start leaning on the young players in his squad as he comes under severe pressure for his job.

The Whites finally ended a run of eight games without a win when they beat Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday night, with youngster Crysencio Summerville scoring an injury-time winner to lift them out of the relegation zone.

But with Patrick Bamford still struggling up front and yet to score in 2022 and the pressure still on Marsch to get results, Azzopardi feels he has to use the young talent in the squad to change it up a little.

“Obviously for a manager sometimes it’s a hard one because you know you’ve got players who are playing well and probably do deserve the chance,” he told The Football Wonderkids.

“But when you’re struggling sometimes the manager will always lean towards the more experienced players.

“I think there’s a couple of players though. Summerville is one, the young Italian forward Wilfried Gnonto as well who’s a really good young player.

“I think he has to. I think Jesse Marsch has to throw everything into the first-team, change it up a little bit.

“These younger players have got a point to prove, and although they’re not experienced at the top level they’re going to be hungry, they’ll be sharp and they’re going to want to prove a point.

“I think there is no harm in Marsch giving them a chance.

“Obviously they have Gelhardt as well as Gnonto and Summerville as well, so they have lots of talented footballers.”

In other Leeds news, Jim Beglin absolutely loved what Summerville did against Liverpool