Jesse Marsch has told Friday’s press conference – as per the club’s YouTube channel – that Leeds United were not actively looking to sell teenage striker Max Dean, but felt that they wanted to help MK Dons boss Mark Jackson.
Dean, 18, has completed a permanent move to relegation-threatened League One side MK Dons for an undisclosed fee. The striker leaves Leeds without ever making a senior appearance for the club – but shining in the U21 side.
The forward scored 16 goals in 38 games for the club’s second string. Now, he is set to embark on his senior career under a manager he knows well in Jackson – who coached him during Jackson’s time as Leeds U21 manager.
Jackson, of course, left the club in the last couple of months in what is his first senior management role. He has taken over at MK Dons, and has accrued four points from his first four games. MK Dons sit 22nd in League One.
Dean posted on Instagram after his exit, prompting reaction from a number of Leeds stars like Adam Forshaw and Charlie Cresswell. Marsch spoke about Dean’s exit. He did not want to lose him – but he wanted to help Jackson.
“It’s not like we wanted to lose to Max Dean, but obviously given the opportunity he could have, we were all excited to help Jacko. So we have to think selfishly. It made sense from all angles to move Max to MK Dons,” Marsch said.
Marsch: Leeds were not actively looking to sell striker Dean to MK Dons
Even if Marsch says Leeds were not looking to sell Dean, it is a good move for all parties. Leeds get a fee for a player that realistically, was unlikely to break into the side. Especially, with Patrick Bamford fit, and Georginio Rutter signed.
Joe Gelhardt is likely to go on loan and Mateo Joseph is ahead of Dean in the pecking order. For Dean, he joins a side where he will get game time and work under a manager that knows him well. MK Dons get a teenage talent.