Sky Sports pundit predicts Pascal Struijk discontent at Leeds United after latest Jesse Marsch decisions
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Pascal Struijk won’t want to spend all season playing at left-back for Leeds United despite impressing there so far this season, according to Paul Robinson.
Struijk, 23, has been drafted into the full-back role for the opening three games of the Premier League season due to Junior Firpo and Stuart Dallas both being out injured.
He’s done extremely well too but left his best performance until Sunday (21 August) when he put in one of his best-ever shifts in a Leeds shirt in the 3-0 win over Chelsea.
Struijk is a left-sided centre-back by trade who can also play in a defensive midfield role.
Robinson believes that as good as Struijk has been, he might not be too pleased to be playing out of position for a long-term basis and has urged Leeds to sign a new left-back instead.
“He’s played well and he’s been a good alternative for Firpo even though he’s not a natural left-back,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.
“If you ask the player himself, he probably prefers to play centre-half or as a holding midfielder.
“But listen, if you ask anyone they’ll say they don’t care where they play as long as they’re in the team.
“I don’t think Struijk fancies a full season at left-back. It’s not his preferred position and it’s a short-term fix.
“He’s done a very good job though and he’s a very good option. But long-term, if Leeds want to progress, they need to sign a left-back. Left-back is an area they need to address.
“You can’t rely on Firpo’s performances or his fitness.
“Struijk is a short-term fix but long-term, it’s an area they need to reinforce.”
Struijk joined Leeds in January 2020 and has since played 68 times in all competitions for the club.
According to WhoScored, the Belgian-born defender completed 100 per cent of his passes, won four out of the six tackles he attempted, made two clearances and made one interception against Chelsea while playing at left-back.
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