Leeds United supporters want player to start against Newcastle after U23 display
Leeds United’s Under-23 side climbed to the top of Premier League 2’s second tier with a 3-2 win over Aston Villa at Thorp Arch despite going 2-0 down – and Leeds supporters have discussed the performance of Pascal Struijk.
The Whites named a number of first-team players that remain on the fringes of Marcelo Bielsa’s squad. Pablo Hernandez, Leif Davis, and Struijk all started – while Ian Poveda, Tyler Roberts and midfielder Jack Jenkins made substitute displays.
Villa took an early two-goal lead, only for goals from Bobby Kamwa, Sam Greenwood and Roberts to turn the game on its head. Roberts and Greenwood both scored from the penalty spot, with the winner a somewhat controversial decision from the referee.
Struijk, 21, has broken into the Leeds side on a regular basis this season – after making his initial breakthrough towards the end of last season. The Dutch defender has played five times for the first team, four of which have come in the Premier League.
Against West Ham, Leeds lacked aerial presence and conceded twice from set-pieces. With Robin Koch and Diego Llorente injured, the Whites played Luke Ayling at centre-back – but fans want another big presence in the side.
Many have have urged Bielsa to start £7k-a-week (Spotrac) star Struijk on Wednesday against Newcastle after he impressed against Villa on Sunday. He played only 45 minutes of the 3-2 win and that suggests that he could be involved on Wednesday.
My Leeds line up for Newcastle:
— LUFC Connor (@ConnorMOT92) December 13, 2020
Back 4 of ayling struijk (6ft 3) Cooper Dallas for me! Points needed from Newcastle Burnley & West Brom!
— El Guapo (@ElliotJackson11) December 13, 2020
Newcastle on Wednesday, they'll probably play 4-4-2, so a move to 3 at the back for us, which should do us a favour. I hope it's 3-3-1-3 and this XI:
Meslier; Ayling, Cooper, Struijk; Dallas, Phillips, Alioski; Klich; Rodrigo, Bamford, Raphinha.
Harrison needs a break.
— Lee Wakefield (@Wakefield90) December 13, 2020
Stick Struijk in against Newcastle. Put Ayling back at RB, Dallas at LB and start Poveda for Harrison.
— Zak Lewis (@ZakLewis17) December 12, 2020
Pablo, Davis & Struijk all came off at half-time, suggesting that all three might be in contention for the matchday squad on Wednesday. Roberts, Poveda & Jenkins all decent when they came on as you’d expect. Should have been more goals. #lufc
— 𝕋𝕠𝕞𝕞𝕪 (@tommy_lufc) December 13, 2020
Poveda and Struijk in for Harrison and Cooper on Wednesday
— Tom (@Thomas_Roberts2) December 12, 2020
Hope struijk starts at least
— jim (@jimLUFC) December 13, 2020
yeah at least he can win a header
— lufc ib (@ib_lufc) December 13, 2020
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