The pressure on Jesse Marsch was relieved a little bit more on Saturday afternoon as Leeds United, booed off at half-time, came from 3-1 down to beat Bournemouth 4-3 – and here are three things we learned from Elland Road:
Three things we learned as Leeds beat Bournemouth:
Harrison needs to be taken out of the firing line, Gnonto masterclass
Jack Harrison was on fire at the start of the season. Four goal involvements in his first three games, scoring one and creating another in the 3-0 win over Chelsea. But the Harrison touted with an England call-up is a distant memory.
Harrison, 25, started once again on Saturday but was hooked at half-time. In our player ratings, we gave the winger a 4/10 rating. His decision making was particularly poor. Often the £11m man tried to over-complicate things.
When the best choice was an easy one. On the right, he had the chance to find Rodrigo in the middle of the pitch but tried to cut it back to a runner outside of him. Frustrating. Willy Gnonto’s display means he has got to start.
Dutch connection the key as Summerville strikes another winner
Crysencio Summerville and Pascal Struijk combined on the left flank again. Boy, do they look good together. Struijk has been excellent this season, defensively solid but excellent in possession and starting to add to the attack.
Of course, we all know about Summerville. Three goals in three games, the latter two earning Leeds six crucial points. Arguably, saving Jesse Marsch’s job. But the combinations of the duo was excellent, taking Leeds forward.
With Harrison struggling on the right, Leeds looked so much more fluid from the left. If there are any positions on the pitch that are now assured against Tottenham – it is the two Dutchman. Brilliant performances, and relationship.
Where does Marsch’s future lie, after 4-3 win?
So, what does it all mean? The pressure on Marsch going to Anfield was enormous – and a lot of that drifted away when Summerville flicked in a winner to beat Liverpool. On Saturday, there was a much-more positive vibe.
But Leeds were woeful in the first half and that comes back on the manager. While it is the players that are struggling, it was Marsch that picked them. However, he redeemed himself after the half-time boos – with his subs.
Firstly, Marsch showed he is not cautious and ready to upset players. He threw Gnonto on for the poor Harrison – that worked a treat. Even better, the struggling Roca was replaced by Greenwood. Two changes that won the game.
What position is Marsch in? At half-time, and at 3-1, the sack might have been more prevalent than ever. But to win the game 4-3 and a chunk of it was down to his substitutions – well, the American gaffer deserves praise.