Leeds United have managed to tie down Dutch defender Pascal Struijk to a new contract, keeping him at the club under 2024 after a strong six months in the first team.
Marcelo Bielsa’s trust in the Leeds youth setup has been there for all to see since he handed Jamie Shackleton his debut two games into his tenure here, away in the 4-1 win over Derby County.
Since then, a whole host of youngsters have broken into the first-team picture and managed to stake a claim for staying in the squad during the Premier League, including Struijk, Shackleton, Leif Davis, Ian Poveda, and others.
The former of those (Pascal Struijk) has perhaps made the biggest first-team impact over the last six months, helping cover for Liam Cooper and Kalvin Phillips to settle an injury-hit back line in the Championship run-in and in the Premier League.
Struijk’s efforts so far this season have been enough to earn him a new contract at the club, which will see his new deal run until the summer of 2024.
While his last two outings have been in 4-1 defeats, his individual performances have presented an awful lot of promise and fans have been keen to show their appreciation for the 21-year-old…
Struijk’s Premier League beginnings have come in tricky circumstances, but he’s taken to it with a lot of class.
His passing range is something that will stand him in such good stead to make the centre-back role his own for years to come.
His holding midfield outing might have been a touch concerning against Aston Villa but no one has managed to get the beating of Jack Grealish this season so it’s harsh to judge him on that.
Playing as third or fourth choice behind these players will only help him gain experience and the work he’s putting in makes him a very good player to have in rotation.