By Mark Smith

12th Nov, 2021 | 6:05pm

Graham Smyth: Pascal Struijk at end of tether over international question

Leeds United star Pascal Struijk is nearing the end of his tether over questions regarding his international future.

The Whites enforcer can represent Holland, Belgium and Indonesia, but still hasn’t committed to one of those countries.

Graham Smyth has been quizzed on the matter and shared that Struijk is clearly fumed as there is no decision to be made as things stand.

Speaking in a live Q&A for the Yorkshire Evening Post this afternoon, Smyth shared that the defender doesn’t have a decision to make.

“When I asked him about this the last time, Pascal is very polite and quietly spoken, unassuming character,” he said.

“I did get the sense that he was maybe getting to the end of his tether with questions about his international allegiance – it had been asked a lot.

“He said there’s no decision to make, it’s not as though he has two offers on the table.”


Struijk is clearly just concentrating on his club football, and there is no need to bring more pressure on to him.

Marcelo Bielsa has developed a cracking defender who is now capable of playing as a ball-playing midfielder, and not many clubs have one of those.

Holland and Belgium are the clear standouts, and should Struijk continue this type of form at Elland Road, it won’t be long until one of those come calling.

Struijk will want to play for the best, there is no doubting that, and at this stage that is Belgium.

Roberto Martinez has ageing defenders such as Jan Vertonghen in his ranks, and it won’t be long until they need replacing.

Step forward, Struijk.

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