Few players of the modern era of Leeds United have gotten the club quite like Kalvin Phillips. A local lad who grew up supporting the club, Phillips has developed from a rangy box to box midfielder to a world class orchestrator. He played a massive role in setting the tone and tempo for the Marcelo Bielsa era. His playmaking was a key part of making sure Leeds could dominate games. His physicality and height also made sure he could throw it around a bit – a classic Leeds midfielder of yesteryear. However, it would be fair to say that things have been less impressive since Jesse Marsch took over.

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While no fans wants to see their best players move on, from the moment Raphinha took to the Elland Road pitch this always felt like a temporary agreement. The Brazilian has been utterly sensational for the club, and his arrival from Rennes was immediately viewed as a big coup. The playmaking style and the right left foot shooting of Raphinha has given Leeds fans something to enjoy even during the tough times of last season and this. However, it looks like the agreement between player and club ends this summer.

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While he might have nothing to do with Leeds United, Ian Wright has always been happy to pass comment. The former Arsenal and Crystal Palace man was a hero as a player for the clubs he played for. As a pundit, he has been noted for his bubbly and effervescent personality. However, Wright also is regarded as someone with good insight into the game. While his emotional style of punditry can be a little grating to some, he is an easy person to listen to.

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Ask any Leeds fan how they feel right now, and the likely response will be negative. This is a city that is, in the words of Daniel Taylor in The Athletic, living on its nerves. Everyone worries that the two-year return to the Premier League is set to end. The sacking of Marcelo Bielsa and the hiring of Jesse Marsch has done little to appease the support. If anything, anger is more palpable than ever before.

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It is not often that a coach makes any kind of meaningful commitment to a club amid relegation worries. For one, if you are in a relegation fight most fans probably want a new coach in the first place. Also, most top-flight coaches aren’t really keen on going down a division. In the case of Jesse Marsch, though, the American seems keen to stick around at Leeds United regardless of what happens. With the club seemingly committed to him regardless, the former RB Leipzig coach has been speaking about his plans.

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Despite being rivals, it would be fair to say that Leeds and Manchester United have done a lot of business together over the years. Some have benefitted one club more than the other – Gordon Strachan one way, Eric Cantona the other – but it is usually a pretty decent way to go for a player looking to rebuild their career. And while some Whites fans have no real love for doing business with ‘them’, the sheer enormity of Man Utd’s budget means that it is hard to reject some of the players they have put up for sale.

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For Leeds United fans, much of the positivity of the 2020-21 season evaporated on opening night of the 21-22 season. After a thumping at the hands of Manchester United, things have rarely improved for the Whites. A flurry of deals that look poor in retrospect were carried out, giving the squad a lack of balance and a lack of confidence in many key areas. This has led to many fans who were dreaming of seeing a young and invigorating Leeds side developed begin to worry about exits in the summer.

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If you were to look back on the last four years of Leeds United activity, you would notice a spree of successful signings. Given the club spent what felt like two decades making a meal of just about every signing, that is a rare thing indeed for Whites fans. However, one name that definitely goes down in the bust category is that of Jean-Kevin Augustin. The young France striker arrived at Leeds in a bid to turn his career around after a failure of a time at RB Leipzig.

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It is safe to say that the 2021-22 season has not played out the way any Leeds United fan would have expected. The Whites have seen a top-half finish last season turn into an injury-plagued relegation scrap this year. The success enjoyed last year under Marcelo Bielsa was replaced by a painful march to resignation. After many months of questioning, Bielsa finally left after the 4-0 loss at home to Tottenham Hotspur. His replacement, Jesse Marsch, arrives at Elland Road having to win a lot of people over.

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