Jack Harrison: Jesse Marsch helps bring back ‘old memories’ at Leeds United

It was not the perfect start to Jesse Marsch’s reign as Leeds United manager, despite a much-improved display at Leicester.

The American manager replaced Marcelo Bielsa after three and a half years of his murderball tactics.

When Marsch used a new 4-2-2-2 formation at RB Salzburg, Leeds had plenty of opportunities. It was only poor execution that kept them from scoring.

Harrison, the Whites’ winger, has spoken highly of Marsch’s presence in Yorkshire and believes that no one else is better suited to the role.

“He’s the perfect man for the job,” Harrison said, speaking to BBC Sport West Yorkshire. “All of his characteristics and what he brings as a manager is exactly what we need in this moment.

“With the change in formation and tactics, I’ve been asked to play in a different role which I’m excited about.

“I grew up playing in a more central role as a number 10 so it brings back some old memories of when I was a kid.

“I’m hoping to see a more improved Jack Harrison, score more goals and have more impact on games while continuing that same work ethic and determination defensively to get the work done.”

Marsch was never going to be able to benefit from the “new manager bounce” that is often cited as a method to avoid relegation.

For so long, Marcelo Bielsa had been playing a specific manner, and it was impossible to suddenly change that and have the squad immediately start winning games.

Although the score may suggest otherwise, a 1-0 loss despite a strong overall performance was a respectable one.

Long-term club managers don’t always get off to a good start when trying to impose their own philosophy on the players.

Marsch is a long-term thinker, and his Leeds team will be just as entertaining as Bielsa’s when everything comes together.

He might not be appreciated by the fans right now, but they will enjoy it in the future, so just be patient.