Danny Mills has warned Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa not to constantly chop and change Pascal Struijk’s position as it may destroy his confidence.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Whites and England defender suggested the 21-year-old’s best position is at the back and that is where he should stay.
Struijk filled in for the injured Kalvin Phillips in Leeds’ 4-1 loss to Arsenal last weekend after playing four consecutive games at centre-back.
He was then moved back to the defence against Wolves on Friday night with Jamie Shackleton, who was at right-back against Arsenal, pushed into midfield.
“I don’t think it’s easy when you keep being changed around,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“Bielsa has been magnificent but when one player’s out he changes three positions and it can be a little bit unbalanced at times.
“We saw Ben White move into midfield, but he was in better form and more experienced. He was playing week in, week out under Bielsa.
“It’s not easy for Struijk. He’s done OK at the back but just as soon as you start to find your feet in the position and get a bit of confidence you’re moved around and moving into that position is completely different and tough at times.
“Bielsa has managed to do it on more than one occasion and done it very, very well by moving players around but a young player that goes from one to another is certainly not easy.”
Of Struijk‘s 15 Premier League appearances this term, he has operated in defence in 10 of them and in midfield for the rest.
Last season his only two Championship starts were in midfield in the last two games of the season.