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Junior Firpo has “no future” at Leeds

Leeds United full-back Junior Firpo has no future at the club, according to former goalkeeper Paul Robinson.

The 26-year-old made just his second start of the season in the Whites’ 2-2 FA Cup third-round draw with Championship outfit Cardiff City at the weekend, having missed a large chunk of action with a knee injury.

However, the ex-England shot-stopper believes it was the wrong call to start him – speaking to MOT Leeds News, he said:

“Firpo has got no future at the club. Leeds have just signed another left-back and if he doesn’t play then Pascal Struijk will play at left-back. Why would you play Firpo, somebody who’s obviously going to leave the club shortly? He’s got no future at the club.”

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Time certainly seems to be running out for the left-back, who cost around £13m from FC Barcelona in 2021, particularly after the arrival of Max Wober from RB Salzburg as he’s capable of playing in the role, as is Pascal Struijk.

Reports in Spain have also recently emerged suggesting that the Dominican-born ace could return to another former club, Real Betis. They have just sold Alex Moreno to the Whites’ Premier League rivals Aston Villa, so are in need of a left-back.

Whatever offer comes forward, manager Jesse Marsch and director of football Victor Orta must be in agreement over his future and that should lie as far away from west Yorkshire as possible.

Whilst he wasn’t the worst player on the pitch against the Bluebirds, Firpo has been a pretty poor signing all round in the last 18 months. His inconsistent form and nature of playing on the edge once saw Mirror journalist David Anderson slam him as a ‘liability.’

“All he seems to do is get booked all the time,” he said to GIVEMESPORT before adding: “I think he’s been a big let-down.”

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Indeed, you’d imagine that the American head coach thinks something of the same because he has rarely featured, despite returning from injury earlier in the season. He has been named on the bench in eight of their last nine league outings, whilst since his arrival, Leeds have leaked more than three goals in the top-flight on ten occasions when he has featured.

Clearly, it’s easy to see why Robinson may think that Firpo has no future at Elland Road and as such, Marsch and Orta must look to shift him on before deadline day on January 31st.

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