'A player that is growing': Marcelo Bielsa claims Leeds have a 25-year-old star getting back to his best
Marcelo Bielsa has insisted that Junior Firpo is getting back to rediscovering his best form following the Leeds United left-back’s torrid evening at Brighton at the weekend – in comments reported by Leeds Live.
Junior has been a divisive player since his move to Elland Road. He has shown glimpses of the player that prompted Barcelona to bring him to the Nou Camp.
However, he has struggled to win his doubters over. There have been mistakes. And it did seem that Leeds looked stronger defensively with Pascal Struijk occupying that area of the field.
Nevertheless, Bielsa decided to pick Junior against Brighton on Saturday. Unfortunately, his evening lasted just 45 minutes.
He was booked inside five minutes. And it did appear that he really struggled to deal with the threat Tariq Lamptey offered.
But when asked about the form Junior has shown, Bielsa insisted that injury has cost him the chance to enjoy any consistency during his time at Leeds.
“Junior is a player that is growing as he puts minutes together, his performances have been improving until he had an interruption due to injury,” he said, as reported by Leeds Live.
“Now he’s progressively recovering his best form as it happened like so at the beginning of the season. The last game was a difficult game for us down the right sector of the opponent.”
Too soon to write Junior Firpo off at Leeds, but he is in danger of facing a battle to get back into the side
It will be intriguing to see what team Bielsa picks to face Crystal Palace on Tuesday.
Plenty of fans will be hoping that Struijk returns to the starting lineup after coming on against Brighton. The youngster has arguably been one of Leeds’ best players this term.
Bielsa may keep faith with the Spaniard. Of course, he is the natural left-back within the Leeds squad.
If he does keep his place, it seems imperative that he steps up.
It is certainly too soon to write Junior off. But he is definitely in danger of finding himself down the pecking order and having to bide his time before he gets another chance.
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