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Leeds: Jesse Marsch must axe Pascal Struijk vs Wolves

Leeds United will be hoping to gain some momentum in the Premier League tonight as they take on Wolves at Molineux.

Jesse Marsch’s side finally got their late-season rescue act underway with a much-needed last-gasp victory over Norwich last time out, but tonight they face a Wolves team who are battling for European qualification next season.

The Whites boss will have some tough calls to make, but one ruthless decision he must surely consider is finally dropping Pascal Struijk from his starting line-up.

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The Dutchman has been part of a leaky Leeds back-line which has conceded a league-high 65 goals this season, and while he looked a touch more assured against the Canaries, he should be given a rest here.

His performances in 2022 have very much left a lot to be desired, and his first couple of games under Marsch saw him look really troubled.

In his post-match player ratings following the match against Aston Villa, Leeds Live’s Beren Cross gave the 22-year-old a five, saying: “Unlucky to see his attempted block go beyond Meslier for the opener, but looked like he had an error in him all evening. Ball trickled away from him at one stage in the second half too without punishment.”

That followed on from his role in Leicester’s 1-0 victory in Marsch’s first game in charge of the club, with Rio Ferdinand slamming: “As a defender, if you’re on the halfway line with Jamie Vardy, you know what you’re playing against.

“I don’t know why he’s playing in the same line as him when he’s not even quick. You’ve got to give yourself a yard or two to see ball and man. The moment you get into a foot race with this guy, it’s curtains, it’s over for you.”

Indeed, as per WhoScored, the Dutchman hasn’t averaged a single game over a 6.8 in Leeds’ past nine fixtures in all competitions, including a shocking 4.9 and 5.3 in back-to-back encounters against Manchester United and Liverpool last month.

While match ratings certainly aren’t the be-all and end-all, there’s no questioning that Struijk has found Leeds’ slump more of a struggle than most, especially when you consider that he’s still a very young defender having to cope with a very attacking tactic which demands a lot out of him both in terms of concentration and reading of the game.

The £17m-rated youngsyer must surely be taken out of the firing line, allowing him a mental breather.

AND in other news, Beren Cross reveals huge behind the scenes Leeds decision, Jesse Marsch will be fuming

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