Jesse Marsch press conference: Leeds boss drop further transfer hint as he provides good news on Luis Sinisterra fitness

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Jesse Marsch, Leeds United press conference - still courtesy of LUTV Credit: PA Images
Jesse Marsch, Leeds United press conference - still courtesy of LUTV Credit: PA Images

Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch insists his side remain “actively thinking” about adding more signings to their squad, while also using his latest press conference to provide a welcome update on summer signing Luis Sinisterra.

The Whites have brought in eight new faces this summer, the latest being the arrival of goalkeeper Joel Robles on Monday. And four of those players have quickly been bedded into the Leeds line-up, with Brenden Aaronson, Rasmus Kristensen, Marc Roca and Tyler Adams featuring in the win over Wolves.

With three weeks left in the window, Leeds remain on the lookout for potential new recruits. To that end, a new left-back and an additional attacker remain in their sights.

As far as a left-back is concerned, Philadelphia Union star Kai Wagner is the latest to be linked, with an Aaronson connection key.

Recently named in the MLS All-Stars side, Wagner has enjoyed an excellent season in the States.

Interest in a new attacker, however, is perhaps a little more up in the air. Leeds have been linked with moves for Ismaila Sarr, though, the Watford attacker in such good form for the Championship club. However, The Athletic’s Phil Hay and transfer guru Fabrizio Romano have both dismissed suggestions he could sign for Leeds.

Che Adams is another player of interest to Leeds. His club, Southampton, appear ready to sell, though an opening approach from Everton has fallen short.

Whether Leeds do make an offer of their own remains to be seen. However, there is little doubting they could do with another option up front in light of the troubles Patrick Bamford encountered last season.

Jesse Marsch has his say on Leeds Utd transfers

Marsch, though, has suggested Leeds are keeping their ear to the ground as far as more new arrivals are concerned.

And while he stopped short of saying more signings would be made, Leeds United, it would seem, do remain active.

“We are always actively thinking,” he told a press conference screened by LUTV. “We have done well to act early and give these players the best chance to integrate.

“As we start our season and evaluate performances, we look more carefully at what we might need. I think we are being aggressive in evaluating what’s out there. Try to find the right fit, more than just a number, position or player. Every decision needs to be the right one.”

Asked how Leeds go about their business, Marsch continued: “The media here attention is 10 times what it is at most places. Let’s you know it’s important. For me, it’s about having a plan and working with the people and the ownership toe execute the plan.

Luis Sinisterra, Leeds - pic via Credit: PA Images
Luis Sinisterra, Leeds - pic via Credit: PA Images

“I’m thankful Andrea Radrizzani has supported our ideas so heavily. Discussions [are ongoing], challenging of each other, finding a way to come to agree what the plan is and then execute is at the highest level.

“It’s important to say, these are not my transfers, they are our transfers. [They are] Leeds transfers; leadership of Leeds making these decisions.

“Every player varies in success, some sparkle straight away and some take more time. No one person is responsible for successes and failures though. Have to be a team player in this business.”

Luis Sinisterra fitness lift for Leeds

Another exciting Leeds addition this summer is Luis Sinisterra. The Colombian arrived in a £22m move from Feyenoord over the summer and is seen by many as Raphinha’s replacement in attack.

A hamstring injury denied him a debut last week against Wolves. But after returning to training this week, Marsch says the player will be in the matchday squad and could feature off the bench.

“It was a hamstring strain from a contact. Recovery can be different. We’ve been cautious with him, but it felt so good we introduced him to training and then he was all in after.

“He’s not 100 per cent, but there’s a good possibility of helping with limited minutes [at Southampton].

He’s not the only Leeds player to return to training. Indeed, club captain Liam Cooper and midfielder Adam Forshaw are also in contention to feature at Southampton.

Marsch added: “Junior Firpo is two weeks away. [Luke] Ayling a few weeks away and [Stuart] Dallas out on the field, moving about a bit.”

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