Alan Hutton has tipped Pascal Struijk to become a “top-class” player after his rapid rise at Leeds United.
The former Aston Villa and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted it was no surprise to hear other clubs were starting to take an interest in the versatile enforcer.
Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf claim high-flying Leicester City and Napoli have both enquired about a potential deal for the 21-year-old after his rapid rise through the ranks at Elland Road.
Struijk has played regularly for Leeds amid injuries to the likes of Liam Cooper, Diego Llorente, Robin Koch and Kalvin Phillips.
He has started the last 11 league games for the Whites, primarily as a centre-back.
Hutton admitted while he was not totally convinced by Struijk’s early performances, he is starting to show himself as an excellent prospect of rLeeds.
Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “I saw him a couple of times early on and he was a bit rash to be fair.
“He is versatile, he can play that holding midfield role, centre-half and I think that’s where Leeds’ biggest problem has been.
“I know they’ve conceded a lot of set-plays but they’ve been missing Cooper, Llorente at times.
“He’s stepped up to the plate for one being so young. It doesn’t surprise me that people are looking at him.
“I think he’s got all the potential to be a top-class player. He’s starting to play regularly now which he needs to.
“I’m not surprised that people are looking at him.”