Jesse Marsch held his pre-match Newcastle United press conference after Wednesday’s defeat to Manchester City – and the Leeds United boss says seven of his players are playing the best football of their career, at the moment.

Leeds have managed to secure just two wins in all competitions since August and have lost their last three games. However, two have come against Tottenham and City, while Wolves in the Carabao Cup was a much-weakened side.

The games do not get any easier as Leeds go to Newcastle, who are in incredible form. They remain buoyant after the World Cup break, after a 3-0 away win over Leicester. The odds will be firmly stacked in the Toon’s favour.

Speaking after the game at Elland Road, in a video that was published on Friday before Saturday’s trip to Tyneside, Marsch picked out seven players playing the best football of their career. They include Marc Roca, and Robin Koch.

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“There’s a lot of guys that I think have developed a lot since I’ve been here. I think Robin Koch is playing the best football of his career. I think Pascal is, I think Tyler Adams is, I think Marc Roca is, I think Rodri is.

“I think Sam Greenwood is, Cree Summerville is. I think guys that are really starting to evolve, they’re in really good phases of their career,” Marsch told his press conference, in a video posted on Leeds United’s Twitter account.

Marsch: Seven Leeds players playing best football of their career

Roca was poor on Wednesday night – with Jermaine Pennant claiming he would have taken him off after 25 minutes. Koch gave the ball away for the second City goal. Rodrigo, at 31, has been in excellent spells elsewhere, too.

Roca’s form at Espanyol was superb and it earned him a move to Bayern Munich. The other six, even with Koch’s mistake, are probably playing their best football. Brenden Aaronson and Illan Meslier could be on that list, also.

If Leeds are going to get anything at Newcastle, they will need those seven players to produce the best versions of themselves. Newcastle are flying and even climbed into second, before City beat Leeds on Wednesday night.

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