Leeds United have announced yet another new contract for one of the club’s bright young defensive sparks. Following Charlie Cresswell’s new contract a day earlier, Pascal Struijk has also penned a new deal until the summer of 2024.
The 21-year-old broke into the first team against Hull City before impressive performances against Derby and Charlton caught the eye of the Leeds management and fans alike. His versatility, strength in defending and good passing ability really shone as the curtains drew on a title-winning season.
It’s been a big six months for Pascal Struijk. He’s now signed a new deal with Leeds United, running to 2024. pic.twitter.com/rCaTPmaacX— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) November 20, 2020
But Struijk might not have been the one to lead the squad out upon The Whites’ captain Liam Cooper lifting the trophy at the end of the season due to the fallout of Leeds’ 3-3 draw against Cardiff earlier on in the season.
The Dutchman made a critical error in his second game against Cardiff as The Bluebirds scored a late equaliser, coming from 3-0 down to earn a point. Struijk was so down and hard on himself that he wanted to leave the club as he felt that he had let everyone down.
But Orta and Bielsa were having none of it, and it ultimately paid-off as Struijk made his Premier League debut at Anfield against Liverpool in September. Struijk is now a valuable member of the squad as he has shown himself to be an exciting young talent with a lot to offer in the coming weeks, months and years of his career.
But there’s still work to do, as the youngster will be looking to break into the starting eleven in the coming seasons and continue his already exciting development.