Pascal Struijk has admitted that his first season in the Premier League with Leeds United hasn’t gone as he expected.
The young centre-back broke made his senior debut in the 19/20 season but only started two games in the Championship.
He has now made 17 starts in the Premier League this season and been the subject of an international tug-of-war, with Roberto Martinez trying to persuade him to switch to play for Belgium, the number one ranked team in the world.
Talking to LUTV Struijk said, “I really achieved more than I was expecting at the start of the season.
“I thought I would play three games maybe and play some minutes as a sub, so I have achieved everything I wanted to this season and now I am looking at what more I can do.
“To try and stay in the team is everyone’s goal, to try and play every minute I can play. When I do get the chance to play I am trying to take it.
“I’ve been enjoying every game I play, it is my dream to play in the Premier League.”
Struijk is strong
Struijk has proved his strength in character after a season that would have broken other youngsters.
He was thrown straight into the deep end this season, starting the first game of the season against Liverpool that ended 4-3 to the champions.
He was dropped to the bench for the next three games but came back after an injury to Liam Cooper.
He also started the next game against Aston Villa but moved up to take the holding midfield position with Kalvin Phillips out.
That didn’t go well and he was hooked after 21 minutes, on a yellow card and looking odds-on to get sent off.
That was a knock but Struijk has bounced back and is now a player that is exciting the Leeds fans.
There are plenty who think that he is now one of the number one centre-backs at the club.
With three internationals – Liam Cooper, Robin Koch and Diego Llorente – at the club, that’s some commendation.
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