While Jesse Marsch may be happy with Leeds United’s performance against Aston Villa, big errors once again cost the Whites – including one from Marsch himself during the second-half.
Leeds played well. There is absolutely no doubt over that. But we are getting to the point now where there is so little consolation to be taken from playing well in defeat.
There were encouraging signs. Willy Gnonto was outstanding. Rodrigo led the line well once again. And it was good to see Patrick Bamford end his wait for a goal.
Marsch substituting Harrison before Aaronson seemed baffling
But it was also really encouraging to see Jack Harrison show glimpses of what he can do once again. The 26-year-old should have scored. And he played a couple of superb passes, which could have easily been assists on another day.
And yet, Harrison came off midway through the second-half.
Harrison was not our most dangerous player. And some of his set-pieces were underwhelming again. However, no player on either side made a greater number of key passes, according to Whoscored. And he was only on the pitch for two-thirds of it.
Brenden Aaronson meanwhile, endured another tough evening. He has been a shell of the player who took Kalidou Koulibaly apart in the early stages of the campaign.
However, Marsch gave Aaronson 10 minutes more than Harrison. In truth, that decision seemed absolutely baffling.
Aaronson clearly has the talent to make a real difference. But he needs to be taken out of the firing line for a spell. We actually have real depth up front. So there is no need to rely on Aaronson at all.
But it seems like Marsch cannot see that.
Aaronson is not the only player who lacked quality in the final third. But no-one was dispossessed more than the American (Whoscored). And his inability to deal with the physicality is now becoming a real issue.
Marsch cannot be held accountable for everything. But he is not helping himself right now with decisions like taking Harrison off much sooner than Aaronson on Friday.