By Michael Brown

26th Nov, 2020 | 6:00pm

Great news - Exclusive: Pundit bouncing after Leeds star agrees long-term deal

Pascal Struijk can “relax” and focus on his football after signing a new long-term contract at Leeds United.

That is according to former Leeds and Tottenham midfielder Michael Brown who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has lauded the Whites for showing faith in the 21-year-old.

Leeds confirmed on Friday that the versatile enforcer has put pen to paper on a new deal which will keep him tied down at Elland Road until the summer of 2024.

Struijk, who made his first-team debut last season, has played as both a centre-back and a defensive midfielder during his time under Marcelo Bielsa.

Brown acknowledged that there have been difficulties for the Netherlands youth international, such as when he was substituted off after 20 minutes against Aston Villa, but that he has impressed on the whole so far.

Brown told Football Insider:They have showed the faith, he played in that role and against Aston Villa, he had to come off, the tackle that put him in a bit of trouble, but he’s done well and it’s great [news].

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“What’s good is he’s versatile, he can play several positions so it’ll be pleasing for him, you can relax when you get that new deal. You can actually start think you’re part of it, you get rewarded and it’s quite a nice feeling.” 

Struijk has played a total of 10 times for Leeds so far, although only six of his appearances have come among the starting XI.

This season has seen him cover for centre-back Liam Cooper and midfield general Kalvin Phillips during their respective injury layoffs.

In other Leeds United news, Football Insider can reveal the Whites are offering a £5million-plus deal ahead of the January transfer window.