By Pranav Shahaney

9th Nov, 2022 | 10:10am

Leeds United defender Junior Firpo faces make-or-break game v Wolves in Carabao Cup

Junior Firpo could be facing a make-or-break game for his Leeds United future as they visit Wolves in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.

While Pascal Struijk has also been named in the squad for the third round clash, via Leeds Live, there is a good chance that Jesse Marsch decides to shuffle the back.

Firpo, who has struggled in the Premier League since his move last summer, could be fighting for his future at the club.

The former Barcelona full-back was injured at the start of the season and did not feature in pre-season for Jesse Marsch’s side.

This saw the American turn to Struijk to play out of position and now the 23-year-old appears to have made that role his own.

He may not offer the same attacking threat as Firpo, but defensively, he is solid and there is no risk of being exploited on the left side whenever he’s on the side.

TEAMtalk reported on 6 November that the Whites were even exploring the possibility of signing a new left-back in the summer.

They claim that Borussia Dortmund ace Raphael Guerreiro is on the radar and that he could be offered a contract to lure him away from the Bundesliga.

Should Firpo let his side down once again when they take on Wolves, Marsch may give Victor Orta the green signal to sanction his exit as any sale would free up more funds to sign a left-back of Guerreiro’s calibre.

Ideally, Leeds would want two specialist left-backs available, but money is a concern and with Stuart Dallas also returning, having him, Struijk and Guerreiro could mean that Firpo is sold in January.

He did well in La Liga so there could be Spanish clubs willing to shell out a few million and help Leeds out massively in the window.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites could now be looking to sign an award-winning Ligue 1 ace and bring him to Elland Road in January.