Leeds: Phil Hay believes Marsch will now use a 4-3-3 formation
Following the signing of Weston McKennie, Phil Hay believes Jesse Marsch will set Leeds United up in a 4-3-3 formation.
The Lowdown: Marsch now has options
Prior to the January transfer window, it appeared pretty clear-cut who would be starting in midfield for Leeds, with Marc Roca and Tyler Adams featuring in the majority of games this season following their summer arrivals.
However, with Adam Forshaw keeping himself fit at the minute and McKennie joining on loan from Juventus until the end of the season, Marsch will now have more of a selection headache.
There’s no chance McKennie will have joined Leeds to just sit on the bench given he was starting regularly for Juventus, so this could now force the American boss into a tactical switch.
The Latest: McKennie will want to be starting
Speaking on The Phil Hay Show, Hay hinted at a potential tweak that may now be forced upon Marsch to ensure he gets all of his new signings and best players into the starting lineup.
He said: “It interests me now, really, whether we’re going to see Leeds switch longer term and permanently to 4-3-3 and three across the middle, because I guarantee you that McKennie is not coming here to sit on the bench – and I think he will have asked very direct questions before coming about what his role was going to be.
“But neither Roca nor Adams are going to want to make way, either.”
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The Verdict: Leeds in need of new ideas
It shouldn’t really be something too difficult for Marsch to decide upon by switching to 4-3-3 given that Leeds’s current tactics and formations aren’t exactly working – with them having won just twice in their last 16 league games.
Also, the fact that Adams and McKennie play together in midfield very often for the United States will be a huge positive for the latter, as he could perhaps slot into the Leeds midfield rather seamlessly.
If Marsch is to remain in a job at Elland Road, perhaps shaking things up and going for three midfielders being deployed at once wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world, especially if it meant getting players such as McKennie and fellow new signing Georginio Rutter into the team.