Jesse Marsch could try using Kalvin Phillips in a different role at Leeds United, according to Phil Hay.
The USA manager has deployed a 4-2-2-2 system at RB Leipzig and he could do the same at Leeds.
Phillips, who has been sidelined for the past few months through injury, is expected to return soon and Marcelo Bielsa will no longer manage him.
In his recent Athletic post, Hay wrote: “Marsch used a 4-2-2-2 system at Salzburg and could try to use Phillips in a slightly different way to Bielsa, potentially in a deep role alongside another midfielder, but having him available. at all would be a significant shot in the arm.
Will it work?
Ralf Rangnick arrived at Manchester United trying to play a similar system.
This can work in leagues like the Bundesliga where most teams are open and don’t really have any defensive structures in place.
However, the Premier League is an entirely different ballgame and Marsch may need to be flexible with his system.
Phillips played in a more advanced role prior to Bielsa’s arrival, so there could be the possibility that he will return to a freer midfield position.
It remains to be seen what this means for the future of players like Mateusz Klich or even Adam Forshaw.
Either way, the club need to sign two more central midfielders in January or risk finding themselves in a similar mess.
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