Leeds United boss Marsch may copy Bielsa after Gelhardt blow - McLeish

By Alex McLeish

7th Apr, 2022 | 9:46am

Leeds United news: Jesse Marsch tipped to 'do a Bielsa' after Joe Gelhardt update - pundit

Alex McLeish has tipped Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch to “do a Bielsa” by using wingers as centre-forwards after Joe Gelhardt’s injury scare.

The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the American would have to “adapt” like his predecessor.

As reported by the Athletic’s Phil Hay on Tuesday (7 April), Gelhardt, 19, was set to undergo assessment on an injury, initially diagnosed as a dead leg, picked up in Monday’s under-23s game against Crystal Palace.

The teenager’s blow comes with fellow attackers Tyler Roberts and Patrick Bamford also out of action.

With no senior centre-forwards available, McLeish suggested Marsch would have to copy Bielsa’s tactic of using wide men up front.

“Before, we saw Bielsa using the makeshift centre-forwards,” McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

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“Jack Harrison, Raphinha, Dan James were in there. Then this kid (Gelhardt) comes through and he starts to look the business.

“Then all of a sudden, this happens. It looks like Jesse Marsch is going to have to do a Bielsa as well. A little bit of adjusting, with no Bamford and no Gelhardt.

“But I think the recent form of Leeds will give them a wee bit more confidence that he could make an adjustment.

“I think that the team wouldn’t really be bothered about it now. I’d say they’d be able to adapt to it more than they did before.”

Marsch started Dan James up front for the 1-1 draw with Southampton, having revealed Gelhardt is pushing for a starting spot.

The teenager has started twice in his 14 Premier League appearances this season.

In other news, pundit claims Leeds United star will consider joining fellow northern side this summer.