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Some Leeds United fans on Twitter are lauding it over some footage of Pascal Strijk in training on Saturday.

Marcelo Bielsa’s troops are back at Thorp Arch in preparation for the 2021-22 campaign.

Yesterday, Leeds released some footage of Struijk practicing his penalties and suffice to say that comparisons with Virgil van Dijk aren’t only for his height and defensive ability.

The Dutchman, like Van Dijk, also looks to be a fantastic technician of the football as he smashed home a number of sublime penalties with his left foot.

Here’s how some fans of the Elland Road club reacted to the footage:

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Frightening talent

It’ll be fascinating to see how the 21-year-old performs with Leeds next season.

Last term, the big centre-back proved himself as a very exciting young player and one who managed 22 Premier League starts under Bielsa.

When Leeds held Manchester United – whom they face on the opening day of next season at Old Trafford – to a 0-0 draw in West Yorkshire earlier this year, it was Struijk who won Man of the Match.

He is coming on leaps and bounds under Bielsa, which is even more remarkable when you consider the fact that he barely kicked a ball in their promotion-winning season of 2019-20, clocking only 215 minutes – and much of that was after promotion was already secured.

This is a frighteningly-exciting player and no doubt he’ll continue to improve.

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