By Saikat Mandal

1st Jan, 2023 | 8:10pm

Junior Firpo future at Leeds United hangs in balance despite Jesse Marsch stance

Junior Firpo is facing an uncertain future at Leeds United, despite the fact Jesse Marsch still rates high highly. 

According to a report from Sky Sports, Marsch believes Firpo, 26, can still develop into a top player at the club despite the criticisms thrown at him.

Since arriving from Barcelona, Firpo has badly struggled with his fitness. He has hardly looked settled at Elland Road, and there are question marks over his defending. 

In the absence of both Firpo and Stuart Dallas, Marsch has used Pascal Struijk at left-back this season, and the Dutchman has been really impressive. 

Despite not playing in his natural role, he has looked solid and composed at the back and has scored goals as well. 

The Whites have been checking on several options, with Villarreal left-back Alfonso Pedraza and Red Bull Salzburg defender Maximilian Wober being strongly linked. 

La Razon reported on 30 December that the Whites are preparing a bid for Pedraza as they remain the only club in the race for his signature. 

Likewise, 90Min reported on 31 December that the Whites are close to finalizing a deal for Rover who is set to undergo a medical with Leeds ahead of a transfer worth roughly £14m. 

If Wober / Pedraza joins the club, Firpo will definitely drop the pecking order. But what could be worse is that he could drop behind Struijk as well in the left-back role. 

Obviously, Marsch sees Struijk as a natural central-back but he would probably not hesitate to use him at left-back in the future. Firpo’s time at Leeds could be over soon despite what Marsch feels for him. 

In other Leeds United news, the club is thrashing out terms for an early January signing after this player jetted into the UK for a move.