Leeds United need to sign a better back-up to Kalvin Phillips after Pascal Struijk struggled against Brighton & Hove Albion.
That is the view of former Premier League forward Gabriel Agbonlahor, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 21-year-old’s performance at Elland Road on Saturday.
Struijk had started the last three Premier League games at centre-half but with Liam Cooper returning from injury he stepped into midfield to replace Phillips.
The England international was suspended for the visit of the Seagulls as he picked up his fifth yellow card of the season against Tottenham at the beginning of the month.
Netherlands Under-21 international Struijk struggled against Brighton losing possession 13 times and winning just five of his 11 duels, according to sofascore.
Asked by Football Insider what he made of his performance in midfield, Agbonlahor said: “I don’t think he did too well to be fair.
“I’m not too sure about him, he doesn’t look like he hasn’t got the legs in there and he doesn’t have the passing ability like Phillips.
“For me, every time I’ve seen him play he’s struggled. He was taken off after 30 minutes against Aston Villa because he was giving away too many fouls and was getting booked.
“I don’t think he’s the answer. They need to find another better back up for Kalvin Phillips for when he’s not playing because that midfield looks very open when Kalvin Phillips isn’t playing.”
Struijk has now played nine Premier League games this term and 11 across all competitions.
He has enjoyed a bigger role than last season when he was limited to just five appearances across all competitions.
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