Troy Deeney has told BBC One’s Match Of The Day that Leeds boss Jesse Marsch is “delusional” when discussing his positivity in front of the camera – but then contradicted himself by saying he understands why Marsch is being positive.

Marsch has been very positive in the media of late. He described the display against Villa as a “complete performance” despite a 2-1 loss. More praise was thrown at his players after a 5-2 win over Cardiff, and then Brentford on Sunday.

But Leeds remain in the bottom quarter of the Premier League, sitting in 15th place. Though, Leeds do have a game in hand. They are only a point above the relegation zone. Martin Keown says he sounds as if he is “clinging on” to his job.

Deeney was on MOTD on Sunday evening and he gave his verdict on Marsch. He said his positivity is delusional, but then explained why Marsch has every right to be positive about his Leeds side. Leeds had 18 shots against Brentford.

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“You can understand why he’s positive. It’s a bit delusional, because he’s trying to put a fake aura out. But the stats are there, 18 shots to in the Premier League is difficult. Manchester City, Arsenal would love to have that every game.”

Deeney: Leeds boss Marsch delusional but then contradicts himself

It was a strange bit of analysis. Yes, Marsch’s positivity could be misplaced given the current position they are in in the table. But, Leeds have shown an improvement of late despite the result against Villa – Leeds were incredibly unlucky.

A super performance against Cardiff then saw Leeds show much better defensive quality with Max Wober at the back against high-flying Brentford. A good result. He applauded their work in the final third, under £67k-a-week Marsch.

There is reason for Marsch to be positive. But for Deeney to go as strong as “delusional” and then explain why Marsch might be positive is strange. Leeds next take on Nottingham Forest and a win is absolutely crucial at the City Ground.

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