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Huddersfield Town are reportedly keen on signing Leeds United’s Pascal Struijk according to The Sun on Sunday (23/8, page 61).
Struijk played his part in Leeds’ promotion-winning season, as he made five appearances for the first-team under the management of Marcelo Bielsa.
Leeds finished top of the Championship table, and an impressive ten points clear of second-placed West Brom, as the Yorkshire-based side made a long-awaited return to the Premier League.
But with that return to the top-flight, it seems likely that a number of younger players could head out on loan ahead of the new season.
A move to Huddersfield could be a tempting move for Struijk as well, with the Terriers looking to build on some strong performances towards the end of last year’s campaign.
But would Struijk be a good addition to the Huddersfield Town team ahead of the 2020/21 season?
It would be a good signing, but it’s a non-starter.
Leeds need Struijk to cover their defence and midfield in the Premier League.
His performances in the Championship run-in were excellent and it’s easy to understand why Huddersfield want him.
However, he’s cover for Kalvin Phillips and Leeds’ centre-backs, which Leeds can’t afford to lose this summer.
Corberan will have to turn his attention to other Leeds youngsters.
This would be an excellent signing for Huddersfield, in my opinion.
After a disappointing season, Carlos Corberan will be wanting to bring new ideas to the Terriers as he looks to get his feet under the table at the John Smith’s Stadium, and straight away, you look at Town’s squad and it’s clear they need to add younger, more dynamic midfielders.
Struijk performed very well for Leeds in the latter stages of the 2019/20 campaign and didn’t really look out of place once, which is testament to his character and ability because it was a very nervy time for Leeds, who ended up securing a long-awaited return to the Premier League.
He showed his ability and calmness on the ball and his physicality, too, and whether he plays at centre-half or slots into defensive midfield for Huddersfield, I think he’d be a solid addition and it would be a statement of intent to loan him in.
I can’t see Leeds letting Struijk go, though. Marcelo Bielsa isn’t the type of manager to make loads of signings, and I think he’ll only bring in three or four new players this summer to add depth to his squad, and I personally feel that Struijk will provide cover for Kalvin Phillips.
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He’s a good young player and Leeds and Carlos Corberan will obviously have that relationship that could see several players move from Leeds to Huddersfield this summer.
Leeds want their young players to develop and Corberan and Huddersfield want kids to help them along next season.
It fits the bill in that sense and I also think he is a player ready for regular Championship football so it could work out nicely.