Pascal Struijk 'very steady' Leeds player despite 'susceptible' verdict
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Pascal Struijk is an “eight out of 10” every week for Leeds United and has recovered well from his Premier League woes, according to Paul Robinson.
The Dutchman has emerged as a mainstay for Daniel Farke’s side in the Championship, starting every game for the Whites in the league and featuring in every match in all competitions, even captaining the side against Bristol City.
Last season, the centre-back failed to have this dominance of the starting 11, coming in and out of the squad amid managerial changes and attempts to prevent relegation. Much criticism was levelled at Struijk, who conceded 11 goals in two games before being dropped to the bench last in the closing stretch of the season.
Now, the 24-year-old has redeemed his reputation at Elland Road, with Robinson claiming he is yet to “let anybody down at all” in the second-division.
Speaking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “Pascal Struijk played a lot in the Premier League last year, but his versatility has been to his own detriment at times because he can play centre-half, left-back and as holding midfield.
“The manager can use him in different positions, he’s a very steady player. He’s a six, seven or eight out of 10 every week and that’s what you’re gonna get from him.
“He’s very reliable and a steady pair of hands to have in any position that he plays. A times in the Premier League, he got caught out and he was susceptible for a few goals.
“But he was playing in a Leeds defence that was struggling and a Leeds team that was struggling and it’s easy to point the finger at personal mistakes, week in and week out.
“In the Championship, I think Struijk’s coming to the side and he hasn’t let anybody down at all.”
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