Kevin Campbell has applauded Leeds United for tying Pascal Struijk down to a new long-term contract at Elland Road.
The former Arsenal and Everton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, said “vultures will circle” if a young player plays well and is not on a “good deal”.
The club announced last Friday that Struijk, 21, had put pen to paper on a new three-and-a-half year deal which will run until the summer of 2024.
The Dutch defender has started four Premier League matches this season, playing in integral role in the absence of Kalvin Phillips, Liam Cooper and Diego Llorente.
Campbell tipped the centre-half to go from strength to strength as a result of his new deal.
“Struijk is very young so he is only going to get better,” he told Football Insider.
“He has proven himself in the Premier League, I know it is early doors but he is showing a lot of promise.
“When a youngster is showing a lot of promise the vultures will circle, particularly if he was not on a good deal to start with.
“That contract gives the player and the club some stability now. He will be feeling a lot better about himself and hopefully he will kick on from here.”
Speaking shortly after penning his new deal, Struijk told club media: “It was a big jump for me when I left Ajax and ever since it has been really good.
“Playing in the Premier League and seeing the level you are playing against has always been a dream and I’m currently living the dream.”