By Liam Thomas

12th Jan, 2023 | 8:40am

Junior Firpo loan exit from Leeds United on the cards, wages too much for Real Betis

Leeds United want Junior Firpo to return to Real Betis on loan to replace the outgoing Alex Moreno, according to Estadio Deportivo.

Firpo seems to have become surplus to requirements for Leeds United and Jesse Marsch and has failed to live up to the hype he brought with him to West Yorkshire.

Estadio Deportivo reports that the 26-year-old Firpo’s name is on Betis’ transfer wish list, however, a potential move would not be easy due to the full-back’s high wages.

“As we said two days ago, his name is on the Betis table, although he is only one among several that the club has in mind to replace the Catalan winger,” Estadio Deportivo reported on 11 January.

“There are doubts about his situation after he has played little in recent months; and signing him would not be easy, even if he wanted to come and Leeds also wanted his return, so that he would have minutes and not lose value. His record is high and that also counts when it comes to registering him.

“Junior’s advantage is that he knows the house , but it would only be a ‘patch’ for Betis until the end of the season, since ‘The Whites’ paid 15 million for him and, in any purchase option, they would want to recover his investment.”

Waste.

What a waste of a signing Firpo has been. With all the hype he brought with him from the glitz and glamour of the Nou Camp he has failed to deliver on every level.

Maybe a loan switch would be the best option here for all parties involved, it would allow Firpo to get some game time and potentially elevate his price tag should the Whites choose to sell him.

Because right now, his value is plummeting by the second by sitting on Marsch’s bench and not many clubs would be willing to pay anything near the £12.8m Leeds signed him for.

Further to the case of sending Firpo out on loan is the arrival of Maximilian Wober from RB Salzburg, this leaves Firpo behind the Austrian and Pascal Struijk in Marsch’s pecking order.

Firpo did get the chance to play in Leeds United’s woeful FA Cup outing against Cardiff City on 8 January but this seemed like a pointless move from Marsch.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are keen on signing this Wolves player in January.