Leeds making daring Struijk selection could change narrative over shock sale

Leeds United's Pascal Struijk in action during the Pre-season Friendly match between York City and Leeds United on July 10, 2019 in York, England.

Should Leeds give Pascal Struijk a chance tonight?

Leeds United's Pascal Struijk in action during the Pre-season Friendly match between York City and Leeds United on July 10, 2019 in York, England.

Leeds United are still looking to assert themselves defensively after selling Pontus Jansson in the summer.

The Whites have no clean sheets from two games, despite coming very close in the opener, conceding a late consolation, but its been largely solid.

New loan signing Ben White has been impressive, and Leeds might have another star in reserve too.

 

Dutch teenager Pascal Struijk has been a star for the under-23s for the past 18 months since joining from Ajax.

His limited action in pre-season showed a player who looks ready to be tested at a higher level.

Tonight's EFL Cup game against Salford City is an ideal opportunity to put him in and see how he gets on.

Marcelo Bielsa the head coach

This would be preferable to having to throw him in untested in a Championship game, which could happen if injuries and suspension strike one of Liam Cooper, White, or Gaetano Berardi.

It would be a daring selection from Marcelo Bielsa, who may be wary of underestimating Salford. But how big is the cup really on his list of priorities?

Leeds welcome Jansson to Elland Road in a week's time when Brentford visit.

If the Whites manage to establish Struijk as a bona fide first team option tonight, then that will change the narrative further that Leeds are no worse off for cashing in. 

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