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Jesse Marsch must axe Leeds liability Junior Firpo against Brentford

After 37 matches, Leeds United’s plight in the Premier League boils down to the final day of the 2021/22 season as they head to the capital to face Brentford this afternoon.

The Yorkshire giants need to better Burnley’s result to remain a big-time outfit.

And whilst manager Jesse Marsch needs to keep one eye on that result, he could do himself a favour with his own team selection in a bid to ensure they grab all three points in Hounslow.

At left-back, the American head coach must not turn to Junior Firpo, who has endured an inconsistent debut campaign in England.

To his credit, the 25-year-old has suffered from a few injuries, leaving him on the treatment sometimes, but when he has featured on the pitch, he has struggled for consistency.

Signed in a £13m deal from LaLiga side FC Barcelona, there were high hopes for Firpo.

However, as the Mirror’s David Anderson recently explained to GIVEMESPORT, he’s been nothing short of a liability to the side, picking up a squad-high 11 yellow cards.

“All he seems to do is get booked all the time. I think he’s up to 10 yellow cards or something. You don’t expect that from a player coming from Barcelona; you expect a bit of class, a bit of maturity, a bit of leadership, and he’s provided none of that, really,” he said.

Should Marsch axe Firpo vs Brentford?





“I think he’s been a big let-down. You’re looking around that changing room thinking, ‘Who’s going to step up and do it for us now?’ And you’d be looking at someone like him, but he’s just not. In fact, if anything, he’s been more of a liability for Leeds.”

In the big games, he has been eaten alive, earning WhoScored ratings of 5.31 and 5.72 against Manchester City, 6.06 against Tottenham Hotspur and 6.19 against Liverpool.

That has to be a worry heading into their biggest game of not just the season, but perhaps in the past decade.

In the latter encounter with the defending champions, Firpo’s defending was described as “schoolboy” by ex-goalkeeper Paul Robinson to the BBC, so the £55k-per-week full-back could be an area that the Bees look to target.

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With players like Pascal Struijk and Jamie Shackleton on the bench last weekend, it should be an easy decision to remove Firpo from the starting XI today.

Perhaps it’s ruthless given his inconsistent run in the side but the home outfit have the tools to hurt Leeds in this role and as such, Marsch must drop him to give the Yorkshiremen the best chance of a result.

AND in other news, Marsch handed late injury boost ahead of Brentford clash…

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