Agent says Leeds United defender Pascal Struijk could profit from change in position
Pascal Struijk’s agent has revealed that he believes the Leeds United defender will profit from his recent change in position.
The player’s agent Tim Vrouwe reckons the change in Struijk’s position on the pitch gives him a better chance of getting into the Netherlands World Cup squad.
Struijk has featured for Leeds United primarily as a centre-back but with injuries to Junior Firpo and Stuart Dallas, the Dutchman has filled the hole left by the pair at left-back.
“At Oranje they play with five at the back and at Leeds with four. I think it’s good that he plays as a left-back at Leeds,” said Vrouwe speaking to Soccer news.
“That shows that he is versatile, something Van Gaal appreciates in players. He focuses on the position of central and left central defender, and left-back position. He could also play as a ‘six’, where he often played at Leeds, but that is his least favourite position.”
The Dutchman’s agent makes a solid point, the more versatile the defender can make himself the more likely he is to have a chance at taking a World Cup squad position.
Nevertheless, the Whites’ horrific form and leaky defence won’t be helping Struijk’s case much and it’s very much up in the air if he’ll make the Netherlands squad.
Selfishly, this may be a good thing for Leeds United, they need their players fit and firing once the World Cup is over and a break would provide this.
Struijk missed Leeds’ recent damning defeat to Leicester but returned to action for Sunday’s game against Fulham but he could do little to help Marsch’s men from losing.
Overall Struijk has been one of the positive notes coming out of the campaign this year and it will be interesting to see if he remains in the left-back position.
The defender showed he has what it takes to play in the position on the regular during the club’s loss to Arsenal where he held his own against Bukayo Saka.
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