By Noel Whelan

17th Sep, 2022 | 1:31pm

Leeds United employee issues worrying claim after new Premier League development

Noel Whelan has claimed the month-long break in Premier League fixtures for Leeds United will be a disadvantage for Jesse Marsch’s side.

The former Whites striker and club ambassador, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the Elland Road club’s “match sharpness, fitness, and preparedness” will all be affected.

Leeds United are one of three Premier League sides set to go around a month without a fixture – with Brighton and Crystal Palace also affected.

The Whites have seen back-to-back fixtures against Nottingham Forest and Man United postponed, with some international stars set to join up with their respective nations from next week.

Luke Ayling, Liam Cooper, Patrick Bamford, and Junior Firpo were among the first-team stars who took part in Friday’s 6-2 win over Southampton’s Under-23 side in a bid to build match fitness.

When asked if he thought the lengthy break would disadvantage the Whites, he told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “I do.

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“When you get into the swing of competitive, Premier League matches – a month off is a very long time.

“It affects match sharpness, fitness, and preparedness.

“You can even see a difference after a two-week international break. This is more than four weeks.

“To get back into the swing of things will take time. It’s almost like starting the season all over again.”

Leeds United’s next fixture comes against Aston Villa on 2 October – 29 days after the 5-2 loss against Brentford.

The Whites sit 10th in the Premier League with six games played.

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