Leeds United announced on Monday afternoon that they had completed the signing of Pascal Struijk from Ajax on a three-and-a-half-year contract.
The 18-year-old has been capped at Under-17 level by the Netherlands, and will go straight into the Leeds Under-23 squad for their clash against Birmingham City on Friday.
On the face of it, a Championship club signing a youngster from Ajax is quite exciting. Well, it should be for the team’s supporters.
However, the Leeds fans reacted pretty negatively to the deal for Struijk.
Indeed, with the first team losing three of their last four Championship matches, the club’s supporters want to see some established players arriving at Elland Road before the end of the January transfer window.
Leeds are still ninth in the Championship table – just five points off the playoffs – but they face a real battle to break into the top six this season.
Let’s hope that Struijk was not reading the reaction to his arrival on Monday afternoon. A selection of the Twitter responses can be seen below:
✍️ | Leeds United are pleased to confirm the signing of Pascal Struijk from Dutch outfit Ajax
— Leeds United (@LUFC) January 29, 2018
Really looking forward to the future, love how we are planning a long term goal rather than just going out and blowing money on any old player to keep the impatient fans happy.
— Ash (@AshHogdog) January 29, 2018
Slight issue in this long term approach, we'll be raided every summer and have to rebuild again. Jansson will be off, maybe Saiz and I expect Vieira will get poached by a Bournemouth.
— Dan Atkinson (@FootballPeters) January 29, 2018
I'll do something what others can't seem to manage and this lad deserves and welcome you to our Club Pascal.
Hope you bring us success now or in the future ?#lufc
— Ryan (@RyanLUFC91) January 29, 2018
The under 23s aren’t 5 points outside the play offs
— Deano (@DeanoBF) January 29, 2018
He will add to the 321 players signed for the under 23's this season
— Aram (@AramLian) January 29, 2018
That’s why the pots empty , 1000 under 23s mind you won’t need to buy any players in 3 years time lol ?
— Pal lufc (@PaulWri61022415) January 29, 2018
Leeds are pleased to announce the u23 squad will be stronger than the first team.
— Jason Street (@Jasonstreet1992) January 29, 2018
Another signing for the u23s ? Any chance of getting somebody in for the first team?!
— Oliver White (@OliWhiteMOT93) January 29, 2018
Looks like we've given up on this season.
— Tariq Jabbar (@TariqJabbar80) January 29, 2018
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