By Pranav Shahaney

20th Oct, 2022 | 11:10am

Junior Firpo is set to start for Leeds United against Leicester City after Pascal Strujk suffered an injury setback, ruling him out of Thursday’s clash.

The Whites have not won a Premier League game since August and they need to pick up three points from at least two of their next five games before the league takes a break for the World Cup.

These five games may define whether or not Firpo has a future at Elland Road as the market will open once football resumes.

After speaking to Jesse Marsch in the pre-game press conference, the Athetlic’s Phil Hay relayed Jesse Marsch’s quotes backing the former Barcelona full-back.

He said, “I believe he can be a big player here, no doubt, he has everything he needs and his commitment to do that is at a high level even at a moment where Pascal has been playing and it’s not easy for him to accept being on the bench.

“But he’ll be ready for tomorrow, I’m 100 per cent sure of it. I’m excited for him to be on the pitch.”

This is the American setting the platform for Firpo to deliver and take his game to the next level as he has rightfully been criticised for his first campaign in the Premier League.

Struijk has replaced him perfectly but good performances against Leicester and then Fulham would mean that Firpo is an undroppable in the squad.

On the other hand, a poor performance at the King Power and another underwhelming one against Marco Silva’s side at Elland Road could see Marsch turn to Victor Orta for a new left-back.

The Whites were targeting a player there in the summer, but did not sign anyone and if Firpo continues to underperform, the plans to replace him may well be accelerated.

In other Leeds United news, a Sky Sports pundit has delivered Jesse Marsch’s “sack” verdict after what he heard this month.