Leeds United employee makes 'perfect' Junior Firpo claim after training ground update
Noel Whelan has insisted Junior Firpo’s return from injury could be “perfect” to bring “balance” to the Leeds United starting XI.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker and club ambassador suggested the 25-year-old’s comeback would allow Stuart Dallas to move from left-back into his preferred midfield position.
Speaking at his press conference on Thursday (28 April), Jesse Marsch confirmed Firpo is closing in on a return and has “looked good in training”.
The 2021 signing returned to the substitutes bench against Crystal Palace, having missed four games through injury.
Whelan suggested Leeds might have to wait until next season to see the best of Firpo but insisted he could have a big role to play.
Asked if Firpo’s return could be important for Leeds, Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Yeah, absolutely. I think having the balance of a left-footer on the left side brings that continuity to a team. It really does.
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“I wouldn’t be sitting here saying it doesn’t. You want to see a left-footer on the left side and vice versa Ayling. Putting Struijk out there, he’s left-footed.
“These players do their jobs, they’re professional. Look, I think in the perfect scenario Firpo would be up to speed and up to tempo with the game. He’d have fitted in a little bit quicker than what he has done.
“But you see glimpses that he’s getting there. Maybe we’ll see more of that next season that allows Stuart Dallas into that midfield position.
“I think right now there’s more trust with Stuart Dallas at left-back than there is Firpo.
“That’s because of the fitness, because of the continuous games that he has played and performances that he has put in.
“You don’t really want to start tinkering with the backline that’s not conceded in two games.”