BBC pundit wowed by Joel Piroe 'big moments' for Leeds United despite struggles
Joel Piroe has “big moments” for Leeds United through his impactful goals and shots, according to Leigh Bromby.
Speaking on BBC Radio Leeds (7 October), the former Leeds defender praised the Dutchman for his prolific start to life at Elland Road despite frequently having fewer touches, passes and dribbles than his teammates.
Bromby pointed to the Bristol City victory as an example of Piroe’s sudden impact on a game as the 24-year-old scored the winner despite a relative lack of involvement.
Bromby said: “He has got big moments. You can’t really say he was involved in the game as much as Summerville, but the impact of his goals and shots.
“The level of quality is really high.”
Piroe has been nothing but dependable for Daniel Farke since he joined the club this summer. As the 49er’s most expensive summer signing, costing the new owners up to £16million, there was a strong degree of pressure on the Dutchman to hit the ground running.
Five Championship goals later, and a brace in the League Cup, he has probably exceeded expectations. Piroe has scored game-winning goals for the Whites and his versatility has seen him thrive as a striker and a number 10.
Bromby suggests that Piroe can sometimes lack involvement in games, which to a certain extent is true. Per FBRef, he has only completed 153 passes in 7.2 90s of football. For context, Glen Kamara is just behind him on 131 passes despite playing just 2.9 90s.
He is not a standout creator either with just 2.08 shot-creating actions per 90, leaving him 15th in the squad, and having 0 goal-creating actions.
However, he tops the list of Leeds’ most important metric: goals scored. With seven across all competitions, he is head and shoulders above anyone else in the side. Without his tally, Leeds would be lucky to be near the playoff zone, let alone inside it.
Piroe is performing his role well and is already living up to his significant price tag.
In other Leeds United news, Daniel Farke has explained his surprising player decision in his win over Bristol City.