By Azeem Siddiqui

10th Sep, 2022 | 1:40pm

Leeds United must stick with Pascal Struijk at left-back position

Leeds United started the season on a positive note and managed to win two out of their first three matches, including a win against Chelsea at home.

However, since then, the Whites’ form has been rather disappointing as they managed to secure just one from the next two matches and now have eight points after the first six matches [Premier League].

During those wins, one of the star performers for Jesse Marsch’s men was defender Pascal Struijk.

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Leeds’ resurgence as a club since the arrival of Marcelo Bielsa was based on the foundation of attacking football where the whole focus was on outscoring the opposition.

It was no surprise that became the primary reason for the experienced manager to lose his job last season as the side kept losing goals for fun.

This season, however, is different compared to previous editions where Leeds are looking more solid at the back and one of the primary reasons is the form of Struijk.

The 23-year-old has been extremely impressive for the Whites in the ongoing campaign where he averages 3.5 tackles per match — seventh-highest amongst all the players in the Premier League.

That’s not it as he also contributed by making 1.8 interceptions and 2.2 clearances per game, again a significant number for a defender, especially one who is as young as Struijk and who is playing out of position as a left-back where Junior Firpo is missing because of injury [Whoscored].

Whenever he will return, there will be a serious question for Marsch and it will be interesting to see if he will make Struijk sit on the bench despite having such amazing numbers.

In other Leeds United news, the club are in line for some major new sponsorship deals with “global brands”.