Leeds United youngster Charlie Cresswell has lauded centre-back Pascal Struijk, admitting he looks up to the ‘amazing’ Whites defender.
The Lowdown: Struijk shines for Leeds
Marcelo Bielsa’s sides enjoyed a superb season back in the Premier League, finishing ninth in the table and proving to be entertaining on the eye.
Struijk was one of many Leeds players who impressed throughout the campaign, appearing in 27 league games and rarely letting the side down.
At 21, he is already playing with great maturity and it appears as though his efforts are appreciated by those around him.
The Latest: Cresswell lauds centre-back
Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds Under-23s’ captain Cresswell heaped praise on Struijk, admitting he is someone the entire academy looks up to:
“Pascal has been brilliant this season, he has done amazing. All of the Academy boys here have just looked up to him and gone ‘wow’.
“If he can be given an opportunity like that in the Premier League then that is something for us to strive for too. He gives us all hope.”
The Verdict: Top-quality addition
Struijk has been a great signing since arriving in 2019, and while he isn’t necessarily a guaranteed starter, his age means that could become a given over time.
His versatility makes him an even more priceless member of the squad, shining at both centre-back and in midfield, and Leeds will be desperate to keep hold of him for many years.
Struijk averaged 3.1 clearances per game in the league last season, which was more than any other Whites player, highlighting his defensive quality despite not always playing in his primary position.
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