By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

10th Jan, 2023 | 7:10pm

Junior Firpo to quit Leeds United soon as Jesse Marsch sets him up to fail - Sky Sports pundit

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Paul Robinson has blasted Jesse Marsch for his team selection ahead of Leeds United drawing 2-2 with Cardiff City in the FA Cup on Sunday.

Sonny Perkins’ late goal spared Leeds’ blushes as they came from two goals down against 10-men Cardiff in South Wales, setting up a third-round replay at Elland Road.

Ahead of the game at the Cardiff City Stadium, Marsch spoke about how he would take the FA Cup seriously [BBC Sport], before naming a starting line-up of fringe players and youngsters.

Junior Firpo was among those who started, with Robinson believing it was pointless playing the 26-year-old left-back as he believes he’s soon to be on his way out of Elland Road.

“I blame the manager’s team selection,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

“He made all the right noises in the press conference the day before, saying he’d heard Angus Kinnear talking how Leeds keep being knocked out of the third round of the FA Cup and that they’re going to take the cup competition seriously.

Marsch says all the right things and then you look at his team selection. Look at the team he put out for West Ham and then the changes he made for this game.

Firpo has got no future at the club. Leeds have just signed another left-back and if he doesn’t play then Pascal Struijk will play at left-back. Why would you play Firpo, somebody who’s obviously going to leave the club shortly? He’s got no future at the club.

“[Sam] Greenwood comes in, [Joe] Gelhardt comes in, [Darko] Gyabi comes in. The changes he made, it sends out the wrong message from kick-off.

Struijk and [Diego] Llorente play at centre-half and out of the three centre-halves he’s got – [Liam] Cooper, [Robin] Koch and Llorente – Llorente is the one who doesn’t play and he gets paired with the left-back.

“[Rasmus] Kristensen hasn’t played for two games so I just question why he would pick that team. They were set up to fail.”

Leeds have signed Austrian defender Maximilian Wober this month.

He can play at left-back, meaning that Firpo may have dropped further down Marsch’s pecking order now, behind Wober and Struijk.

In other Leeds United news, this Belgian hotshot is on his way to Elland Road.