Pascal Struijk is set to sign a new deal at Leeds United with his contract expiring in 2024 – and the move from the Leeds board sees them save a load of cash in finding a replacement, and secures a potential influx of funds in the future, too.
The 23-year-old came into the 2022-23 season as a rotational option. One of four options at centre-back, not really seen as a midfielder – and certainly, not one of the starting players on the left. But he has made the latter area his own.
With Junior Firpo injured, Struijk has starred at left-back. Firpo has returned from injury but Struijk has retained his spot on the left. His form has been so good that he has been included in preliminary squads of late for The Netherlands.
Fabrizio Romano reported on Thursday that Struijk and Leeds have come to an agreement over a new deal. With Struijk close to entering the last 18 months of his current contract, Struijk is about to sign a contract until the summer of 2027.
Struijk set to sign new deal: Leeds board save a load of cash
Leeds fans were demanding a left-back in the summer. But faith was placed in Firpo. However, following his latest injury, it is clear that Leeds needed more options on the left – and a possible replacement for Firpo. Struijk is that man.
He has been excellent. Struijk has handed Leeds the answer to their left-back woes without Leeds having to spend a penny. His future was beginning to enter some doubt – but handing him a new deal continues to save the club cash.
Indeed, the board can now focus on Struijk being their long-term left-back – and continue to cover other positions. Not only that – but it strengthens an asset for Leeds. As he continues to shine, clubs will inevitably become interested.
Had Struijk’s contract continued to run down, clubs could have got Struijk on the cheap. But handing him a new deal means any interested parties will have to pay top dollar. It saves Leeds cash, and potentially, brings in a big profit.