Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has told Leeds Live during his pre-match press conference that Pascal Struijk is a complete player.
Before last weekend’s Premier League opener at Liverpool, the Belgium-born defender had only played five times for the Whites.
Nonetheless, he found himself starting at Anfield alongside new signing Robin Kock in the centre of defence.
Leeds were beaten 4-3 but their valiant efforts earned them plenty of plaudits from pundits, supporters and complete neutrals.
Bielsa has been singing the praises of the youngster ahead of this weekend’s game against Fulham.
He told Leeds Live: “At one point during last season he had incredible physical performance. He technically is a very complete player.
“When he put together his technical skills with the tactical acumen and added physical preparation he needed, he became a very valuable player.”
Leeds will play their first home game this weekend looking to inflict more pain on Fulham who were thrashed by Arsenal last weekend.
There’s every chance Struijk could feature once again, although Bielsa did confirm during his press conference that Liam Cooper is looking likely to be fit this weekend.
Nonetheless, the outing at the Premier League champions will have put the 21-year-old in good shape moving forwards for the rest of the season.
With Leeds not blessed with lots of options at centre-back, it seems almost certain that the former Ajax youngster will be called upon again this season.
Struijk put in a good performance last weekend on his top-flight debut and now he has earnt the trust of Bielsa he will want to keep his place in the side.