According to Sky Sports pundit Paul Robinson, Leeds United awarding Pascal Strick a new contract is a “no-brainer” decision.
The lowdown: Has a new deal completed?
The Whites centre-back has now entered the final 18 months of his contract at Elland Road and this season has found himself playing most games at left-back due to injuries to Stuart Dallas and Junior Firpo.
The Premier League side are looking to sign a new left-back in the winter market, initially leaving question marks surrounding the 23-year-old’s future, but recent reports have claimed he has already been offered new terms, although there has been no official confirmation from the club.
Latest: Robinson’s reaction
Responding to news of an apparent deal in conversation with MOT Leeds News, former keeper Robinson insisted Struijk was right to be rewarded with a new contract, but feared his playing time would be limited if signed in January. :
“He had to play because they don’t have another left-back. I think when another left-back is signed it will be interesting to see where he plays.
“Leeds are the safest in the middle of the field which means they lack chances there and you can’t see him playing in midfield instead of Tyler Adams in a holding role.
“I know he plays every week now and probably enjoys his run in the side. But that’s where he plays when they finally sign a left-back, which has been needed for so long. It’s going to be fun.
“It doesn’t make sense for Leeds to sign him to a new contract because he can play left-back and midfield.
“His versatility is great for a manager.
“But from a player’s point of view, I’m just wondering where he fits in and when and if he’s going to sign a new left-back.”
The verdict: fully deserved
Struijk has a leg dubbed A “monster” by the Argentine football writer Daniel Fries Martinezand, having begun such a campaign which fully justifies such praise, that Leeds’ extension of his stay would be nothing short of deserving.
The Belgian currently averages 3.2 tackles and two tackles per league game – second only to Tyler Adams among starting linebackers – along with a goal and an assist to his name, highlighting the huge impact he has on both ends of the field ( WhoScored). Overall, he actually ranks as the club’s best player this season.
Jesse Marsh will have a headache of choice when he has a full-fit squad available to him, but the 6-foot-2 behemoth is definitely a player who has to be involved one way or another.
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