'There's an argument' - Jesse Marsch on imminent Leeds United transfer action and current plan

Leeds United are ‘evaluating’ their transfer options according to Jesse Marsch but admits there is an argument for bringing in an experienced goalkeeper before the deadline.

By Graham Smyth
Thursday, 4th August 2022, 2:04 pm

The Whites are planning to add to their goalkeeping department next week, as Marsch eluded to in his press conference ahead of the Premier League opener against Wolves.

Illan Meslier is the club’s undisputed number one and last season was backed up by fellow youngster and youth international Kristoffer Klaesson, who has picked up an ankle injury but could be available for this weekend’s squad.

An experienced custodian is expected to arrive in the next week but Marsch warns that any new signing must not upset the apple cart.

"I think there’s an argument to have a more established goalkeeper as a back-up,” said the American.

"Marcos Abad [goalkeeping coach] has created a really good environment with the goalkeepers. Anyone we bring in we have to be very clear, there can’t be any friction.”

Marsch had relatively little to add on the club’s transfer situation in general. The club and its head coach made no secret of the desire to add another striker this summer but a pursuit of Charles De Ketelaere proved unsuccessful when the Belgian signed for AC Milan.

Elland Road sources insist that money remains available for a forward but as Marsch says, the club believe they must be prudent and certain about any further signings.

TRANSFER POLICY - Leeds United head coach Jesse Marsch says majority owner Andrea Radrizzani has come through with all their transfer plans this summer. Pic: Getty

“I don’t want to go too much into the transfer situation, because it detracts a little from the group we have, but we’re trying,” he said.

"We’ve done a really good job with the guys we’ve brought in so far. We’re being really precise with what we need in the next steps. We have time, I think we’ll make one addition next week and we’re still looking at what’s out there.”

The club’s majority owner Andrea Radrizzani has been in Leeds this week for transfer discussions and Marsch says the Italian has been true to his word so far this summer.

“When we’ve made plans he’s carried them out and invested heavily,” said Marsch.

"Right now we’re trying to be prudent. We were very sure in every transfer, we attacked in this window - now we’re evaluating. I think every manager wants more money that’s not a big secret. Good players make good managers, not the other way round, we really like our team and we’ll be intelligent with how we add in the next weeks.”