Pascal Struijk has put pen to paper on a new contract at Leeds United that will see him remain at Elland Road until the summer of 2027 – prompting reaction from Luke Ayling and Marc Roca on their Instagram stories on Wednesday.
Struijk, 23, has been a crucial part of Jesse Marsch’s side this season. Albeit, playing in a different position to the his natural centre-back role. He has been filling in for Junior Firpo at left-back – and is now the first choice on the left.
The defender has started 13 of our 14 Premier League matches, missing only the Leicester defeat due to injury. He has completed 90 minutes in 12 of those 13 games, coming off as a late sub in the 3-2 loss to Fulham in October.
Struijk recently said that he hoped to sign a new contract at Leeds, with his previous deal set to enter the final 18 months from January. But now, Leeds have confirmed that the defender has extended his stay at Leeds by three years.
New Struijk contract at Leeds: Ayling and Roca react on Instagram
A huge boost for Leeds, going into Wednesday night’s fixture against Monaco at Elland Road. Struijk’s contract and form might have started to engineer admiring glances from bigger clubs all over Europe. But he is set to remain.
His form had even seen him included in Louis van Gaal’s preliminary Netherlands squad for the World Cup. But he failed to make the final cut, with the defender yet to win a senior cap for his allocated country. Excellent for Leeds.
Struijk’s form has also reduced the need for Leeds to bring in a new left-back. Following the news, Ayling and Roca responded. Ayling said “this lad deserves everything he gets, congrats big man,” on his Instagram story.
Roca also responded, posting on his story: “Deserved my bro”.