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Leeds: Hay reveals Firpo damage blow

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Leeds United have been dealt a recent damage blow concerning left-back Junior Firpo.

What’s the newest?

Talking on a current episode of The Phil Hay Present, the titular journalist revealed that, after Jesse Marsch confirmed that the 26-year-old missed the 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on Sunday because of a knock, the defender’s newest setback is believed to be a thigh damage.

Hay went on to state that, with Firpo having already been sidelined for two prolonged spells following his transfer to Elland Street in the summertime of 2021, along with Pascal Struijk having impressed at left-back, the full-back’s newest knock might nicely see the membership make a transfer for a brand new participant within the place within the not too distant future.

Concerning Firpo’s damage, The Athletic journalist stated: “I’m advised that he’s acquired a slight thigh downside.

“I feel because it stands in the meanwhile, it’s arduous to see him shifting Struijk from the staff, I feel Struijk has executed sufficient to maintain himself there, but it surely appears to me that in some unspecified time in the future they’re going to need to chunk the bullet at left-back and signal someone else.

“It doesn’t should be somebody vastly skilled, it may be a undertaking of types offered that you just really feel assured sufficient to play them in first-team video games.

“Firpo virtually falls into the class of [Patrick] Bamford in the meanwhile, the dialog about him of the way it may very well be when you might have Firpo within the staff when he has a run within the staff. He’s one other participant that hasn’t performed a lot at Leeds.”

Dangerous information for Marsch

Contemplating simply how little first-team soccer Firpo has performed since his £13m transfer to LS11, the information that the defender has now suffered yet one more damage setback, particularly having solely made a return to motion within the 0-0 draw with Aston Villa at the beginning of the month, is certain to have come as dangerous information for Jesse Marsch.

Certainly, with Stuart Dallas additionally being dominated out till not less than the flip of the yr because of a fractured femur, the American supervisor has been left with no different possibility than to deploy centre-back Struijk on the left of his backline for the majority of the present Premier League marketing campaign.

And, whereas the 23-year-old has impressed over his eight league appearances within the place this time period – averaging a SofaScore match score of 6.91, presently rating him as Leeds’ fifth-best performer within the high flight – it’s however removed from very best for the 48-year-old coach to proceed fielding Struijk out of place when he may very well be utilised at centre-back.

Moreover, with Firpo reported to be incomes a princely £55k-per-week at Elland Street – rating him because the Whites’ seventh-highest-paid participant – it’s evident that the defender’s steady damage setbacks solely make the full-back seem increasingly like a waste of cash as every week passes.

As such, whereas his newest knock wouldn’t seem like overly severe, the left-back’s growing proneness to damage is certain to come back as an enormous blow for Marsch, who could nicely already be contemplating a long-term alternative for the previous Barcelona defender within the January switch window.



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