The Lowdown: Top-rated player
The 23-year-old has been turning out as a left-back due to Junior Firpo’s injury issues and has excelled in the role. As per WhoScored, Struijk is currently Leeds’ top-rated performer in the league and is the only player to average a match rating over 7/10.
However, he looks set to sit out the trip to Leicester as Jesse Marsch looks to get Leeds’ season back on track.
The Latest: New injury
Both Hay and Smyth were at Thorp Arch for Marsch’s pre-match press conference.
The Verdict: Not ideal
Marsch confirmed that Firpo will make his first Premier League start of the season at the King Power in Struijk’s absence. The Spaniard has played just 32 minutes of first-team action this season, making just two match-day squads.
Therefore, the news regarding Struijk isn’t ideal, especially as it will mean Marsch using Firpo from the off earlier than he may have liked.
However, Firpo has plenty of experience and has been backed at Elland Road over the summer with the club not adding to their left-back ranks, so now is the perfect time to repay that faith.
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