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Paul Robinson has said that Pascal Struijk “is not the answer” for Leeds after a 2-1 defeat to Everton.
Struijk could have done better for the first Everton goal and came in for criticism from Micah Richards on Match of the Day.
Robinson said that he was surprised that Leeds didn’t bring in reinforcements in the January transfer window and highlighted Liverpool signing two centre-backs after their injury problems.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “Struijk has done pretty well at centre-back but he’s not the answer and I’m surprised Leeds didn’t go into the transfer market.
“You look at the centre-backs that have gone out on loan from the big four clubs, there was a big opportunity there to get a quality player in.
“You look at Liverpool… They said they weren’t going to bring anyone in and in the end they went out and got two players.
“When you look at Diego Llorente’s injury record, we know that he’s likely to be out for a while yet.
“To have Liam Cooper as your only fit centre-half is going to be a tough ask between now and the end of the season.
“I’m really surprised they didn’t go in for reinforcements.”
Leeds were always going to struggle after losing both Robin Koch and Diego Llorente to injuries.
Liverpool are suffering the same sort of problem but they moved to address the issue, bringing in Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak on deadline day.
Leeds have decided to wait it out and that means a run for 21-year-old Pascal Struijk.
There is one big difference.
Liverpool are (or maybe were?) fighting to win the Premier League again. Leeds have only safety on their minds and are only three wins away from that goal.
We’ll be okay with Struijk until the end of the season and that will give him time to prove if he’s the answer going forward.
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