Pascal Struijk likely to play out of position for Leeds United v Manchester United
Leeds United centre-back Pascal Struijk could be deployed as a left-back against Manchester United over the weekend.
That’s according to LeedsLive reporter Beren Cross who believes that Marcelo Bielsa could move Robin Koch back into central defence.
With Stuart Dallas an injury doubt, Struijk could be ordered to play out of position and cover for him at left-back, should Junior Firpo also be deemed unavailable.
In November, the 22-year-old played as a left-back against Leicester and excelled while taking on Brendan Rodgers’ side.
He was positionally aware and made some crucial interventions throughout the course of the game.
That performance was widely viewed as one of his best in a Leeds jersey in the Premier League.
An advantage of having Bielsa at the helm is that players learn how to play in different positions.
That’s primarily down to his man-marking off the ball and how players are asked to occupy different positions while tracking their runners.
At 22, Struijk is at that age where he can be moulded into playing a different role should the manager deem fit.
As of now, Bielsa will surely be happy that he can count on the Belgian to fill in when needed.
The Argentine will hope that his injury woes are behind him as he’s a quality young defender who will only get better as the years pass.
Hopefully, he can stay at Leeds and cement his place as a first-team mainstay for the foreseeable future.
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has issued the succession plan after Marcelo Bielsa’s exit