Leeds United defender Pascal Struijk has recently been linked with a summer departure from the club, with a number of teams interested in a move for the 20-year-old.
Sport/Voetbal have reported that Anderlecht, Club Brugge, Standard Liege, KRC Genk, and KAA Gent are all interested in striking a deal with the Yorkshire-based club in the future for the central defender.
It isn’t clear whether each club is interested in a permanent or loan move though, with Struijk’s Elland Road future seemingly hanging in the balance.
The Whites are currently sat top of the Championship table, and will be hoping they can hold their nerve in the race for promotion into the Premier League.
Struijk has only made two appearances for Leeds’ senior team, and some supporters will surely feel as though he could benefit from a loan spell elsewhere to further his development.
We take a look at THREE reasons why Leeds United shouldn’t even consider a permanent move for Struijk heading into the summer transfer window.
He’s still a young talent with room to improve.
Struijk hasn’t had much experience of playing first-team football with Leeds, but he’s been hugely impressive for the club’s Under-23s team, who have caught the eye with a number of strong performances in this year’s campaign.
The defender is still only 20 as well, and has plenty of room to develop and improve as a player if he was to remain at Elland Road, or he sent out on loan to another club.
Marcelo Bielsa clearly rates him highly.
Bielsa has been a revelation since being appointed as Leeds United’s manager back in the summer of 2018.
The Argentine has completely transformed the club on and off the pitch, and has endeared himself to the Elland Road faithful with what he has brought to the club.
He has given Struijk a chance in the first-team since being appointed, and although that hasn’t been a considerable amount of game time, it shows that he can be trusted by the Leeds boss when called upon.
Leeds wouldn’t be getting a sizeable fee for Struijk.
Struijk doesn’t have a considerable amount of experience in first-team football, which could potentially mean that any potential suitors for a permanent deal could tempt the Whites with a lower fee.
The defender only has one year remaining on his current deal at Elland Road as well, and there is certain to be speculation as to whether he’ll remain at the club for much longer.
If they sent him out on loan after offering him a new deal, then he’d be worth a lot more than what he is at this moment in time.