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“Amazing” – Former Leeds United man sings praises of 23-year-old looking to break into national side

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Leeds United are enjoying the great form of Pascal Struijk in defence at the moment, but it has come despite him being forced to play out of his position.

The lack of Leeds games in September might be a boost in terms of welcoming back certain players from their injuries, but it will no doubt be frustrating for those who were in fine form.

Pascal Struijk looks set for changes to his role after this week, with Junior Firpo likely to regain his left-back spot.

The question for Jesse Marsch in the build-up to the meeting with Aston Villa is what to do with Struijk, because the defender has more than proven that he needs to be in the starting lineup in some capacity.

Whether that’s a move into the centre of defence, or retaining his position at left-back remains to be seen, but his form deserves to be rewarded with a guaranteed spot in the lineup.

Adding this string to his bow is another reason for why he’s now in the conversation for a Holland call-up ahead of the World Cup, and former Leeds midfielder David Prutton is delighted with his progress.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Prutton said:

“He could become a Dutch international which is amazing really given what we have seen from him sometimes centre-back.

“That slight tweak (to left back) has brought another level out of the player and hopefully all of this rounds out Pascal’s game a little bit more.

“He is still only 23 and regardless of what age a footballer is, you can always learn new parts, new facets and what is expected of you.

“If he brings the consistency that he has brought to the left back role to centre back then that’s a bonus all round.”

Who should start at left-centre-back going forward?

Diego Llorente

Diego Llorente

Liam Cooper

Liam Cooper

Pascal Struijk

Pascal Struijk

Struijk is more than deserving of the recognition that he’s currently receiving from both the club and from his country.

It’s hard for our centre-backs to ever bring prolonged consistency when the pairing continues to be changed due to injuries.

However, one thing that is certain is that Struijk has to be in the lineup one way or another, even if Firpo and Liam Cooper are fit and ready.

I don’t expect him to make the World Cup squad for Holland, but his inclusion in the provisional squad is showing his progress.

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