Hjelde can make Marsch millions at Leeds

Jesse Marsch’s record when it comes to developing young players is certainly impressive, so Leeds United’s promising latest prospects are in very good hands.

During stints in charge of the Red Bull, Salzburg and Leipzig conglomerates, the American coach had plenty of talent at his disposal, confident that they would start for him in the senior game.

These names ranged from goalscoring superstar Erling Haaland and Patson Daka, who is now at Premier League rivals Leicester City, to Los Blancos’ transfer target Brenden Aaronson.

While the likes of Hwang Hee-chan, Takumi Minamino, Dominik Szoboszlai, Karim Adeyemi, Christopher Nkunku, and Josko Gvardiol have benefited from his influence.

Should Hjelde start at Leeds next season?


No way!

No way!

Some of the players listed made a pretty good profit, but who could follow in the footsteps of, say, a Haaland, at Elland Road?

The Yorkshire giants have been blessed with a pretty exciting academy setup, where we’ve seen the likes of Joe Gelhardt, Lewis Bate and Sam Greenwood go from starting in the youth team week after week to earning minutes at the top. -Flight of the male game.

But it could be Leo Hjelde who benefits most from Marsch’s arrival.

The 18-year-old defender was recently absent through injury but returned on Monday night when West Ham United defeated the Under-23s, although these valuable minutes are positive for his return.

Described as “rusty” in the game by LeedsLive reporter Beren Cross, it was more of a first run for the Nottingham-born Norwegian in two months.

Capable of playing at left-back and in the middle, Hjelde could be invaluable to the 48-year-old striker, particularly in the coming season where the make-up of this Leeds squad is sure to change after a torrid season littered with injuries and inconsistencies. , leading them to heavily fight a relegation battle.

His Yorkshiremen debut came against West Ham United earlier this season and highlighted his true potential, earning him immense praise from club legend Jermain Beckford, who said on the club’s official podcast:

“The young guy, Hjelde when he came in too, what a player he looks by the way. I don’t want to put too much pressure on him. But those are the two times we’ve seen him, twice we’ve seen him against West Ham, against a very physical, very strong, very fast center forward in Michail Antonio and a tricky player in Jarrod Bowen. I don’t want to say that he had them in his pocket, but I think he did.”

Meanwhile, during his time at Ross County, his former manager John Hughes compared him to a current Premier League star, only reinforcing claims that Hjelde could emerge as a big money-making sensation in the future.

“Leo is going to be the next Van Dijk. Trust me on that,” he said. “The quality that he has shown, the physical challenge, playing real men’s soccer and being up to it, it has been a wonderful experience for Leo. He has huge things in front of him.”

Also nicknamed a “massive talent” by his former boss, it’s clear that Leeds, and Marsch in particular, have a special advocate at their fingertips. He should be in line for more playing time next season as the league’s worst defense is sure to be altered.

The Norway Under-21 international could earn Leeds a pretty penny one day.

And in other news, Alan Nixon releases a 12-word Kalvin Phillips transfer update…

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