Pascal Struijk has been crucial to Leeds United this season. Despite playing out of position at left-back, Struijk has been a mainstay in the side – solving our left-back issue and he deserves a new Leeds contract and a big pay rise.
Struijk, 23, has started all but one of our 12 Premier League matches. Missing only the Leicester defeat, probably our worst performance of the entire campaign. In 10 of Leeds’ 12 League games, he has played all 90 minutes.
His form and his versatility saw him called-up to the Netherlands squad in the last international break. While he only made the preliminary squad, it shows how far Struijk has come – from a Leeds U21 player, to a World Cup maybe.
What is interesting, is Struijk’s contract situation. He has a deal until 2024 – and something needs to be done before next summer. Struijk himself has said he would like to sign a new deal at Elland Road, and extend his stay at Leeds.
But what is also interesting, are how low his wages in comparison to other starting players in the Leeds side. According to Salary Sport, Struijk is earning £29,000 a week. Far below those he is playing alongside regularly.
Struijk deserves new Leeds contract and a pay rise
Just a few comparisons, to highlight our point. His fellow defenders Liam Cooper, Robin Koch and Rasmus Kristensen are all earning more – the latter on £43,000. Struijk is considered one of our best players this season.
Rodrigo is our top earner, unsurprising given he is a club-record signing and a Spain international, on £100,000. The player he is currently displacing, in Junior Firpo, is on £55,000 – according to Salary Sport. Struijk deserves more.
So, not only does Struijk need a new deal and he is clearly willing to sign – but he deserves a bigger contract. Giving him a big wage and a new long-term contract will deter clubs from sniffing around the versatile Dutch defender.