Junior Firpo expected to quit Leeds United as £15m transfer report emerges - Sky Sports pundit
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Paul Robinson expects left-back Junior Firpo to quit Leeds United this month following the signing of Maximilian Wober from Red Bull Salzburg.
Wober, 24, is primarily a centre-back but he spent this season at Salzburg playing at left-back while Leeds have also been linked with another left-sided flyer in Hungary’s Milos Kerkez.
TalkSPORT reported on their Twitter account on Thursday (5 January) that AZ Alkmaar want over £15million for the 19-year-old full-back, who’s wanted by Leeds, Bournemouth and Leicester.
It spells bad news for Firpo, according to Robinson, with the 26-year-old struggling to settle in at Leeds since joining from Barcelona in the summer of 2021.
“Firpo doesn’t look like he’ll be a squad player. I think if the opportunity to move him along comes, he’ll go,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.
“The manager’s got to be given time.
“If he’s the man and he’s the one that they want, as with other clubs, you can see the greatest gift you can give a manager is time.
“You’ve got to allow him to build a squad and build his team to do what he wants them to do.
“If Junior Firpo isn’t a part of that, and he’s seemingly not, then that’s part of football that happens and he’ll move on.
“Players have been victims of that before so he’s not the first and he won’t be the last.
“I don’t think his performances have warranted an opportunity to play in the team.
“He’s been too inconsistent defensively and he’s not strong enough offensively.
“It’s a case of Leeds cutting their losses and if he moves on in January and get a move, that’s for the best.”
Pascal Struijk has been the go-to choice at left-back this season for Jesse Marsch, largely impressed in a role that isn’t his natural position.
It remains to be seen whether Wober will replace Struijk but a move for Kerkez means Leeds will have yet another option in that area of the pitch while Firpo is struggling so badly with injuries and his form.
Leeds have already said goodbye to Mateusz Klich this month with him seemingly on his way to DC United after being sparingly used by Marsch in the first half of the season.