Leicester City have made an approach for Leeds United youngster Pascal Struijk after a fine breakthrough season from the Premier League starlet, as reported by De Telegraaf.
If there is one attribute Marcelo Bielsa admires above all others, it is versatility.
So it’s no real surprise that Struijk has blossomed into a key cog in the Leeds machine under the Argentine’s stewardship.
The 21-year-old former Ajax prospect has filled in effectively at both centre-half and defensive midfield in recent months, doing a fine job in the injury-enforced absences of Diego Llorente, Robin Koch and Kalvin Phillips.
“Yes, he was very influential and he contributed a lot to our defensive stability in the middle,” Bielsa told Leeds Live in December, before suggesting that Struijk has everything to become a top-quality Premier League defender in the near future.
“If Pascal is able to make himself as Premier League centre-back, which is what everything indicates, he is a product of the youth teams.”
It remains to be seen, however, if Struijk will stay and fulfil his vast potential at Elland Road.
De Telegraaf reports that top-flight rivals Leicester have expressed their interest in the Belgian-born Netherlands youth star. Serie A giants Napoli are also interested.
Then again, with a contract tying him to Elland Road until 2024, Leeds are under no pressure to cash in on a player who looks to have a bright present and an even brighter future in West Yorkshire.