Leeds starlet approached by international boss ahead of future decision

Date published: Tuesday 2nd February 2021 6:51

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has had a phone call with Leeds United defender Pascal Struijk over a potential international call-up.

Struijk, who has been with Leeds since 2019, was born in Belgium. But he is also eligible to represent the Netherlands or Indonesia.

He has come into the Leeds lineup in recent weeks to cover for the injuries to Robin Koch and Diego Llorente. And his performances have been impressive enough that the duo may find it tough to walk straight back into the side.

Struijk started Leeds’ last game against Leicester after coming on as a substitute in the match prior to that, against Newcastle.

The 21-year-old has stepped up well and could now be at the centre of a tug of war for his international future.

Having grown up in the Netherlands, Struijk represented them at under-17 level a few years ago. However, he is yet to make a senior international debut.

It could only be a matter of time before that changes. According to De Telegraaf, Struijk is now in line to represent the country of his birth.

It is claimed that Belgium boss Martinez has telephoned the player to inform him of his plans.

That may in turn force the Netherlands to make their own move, but they do not have space for him in their plans yet.

Therefore, Struijk could soon become a full Belgium international as a reward for his performances in the Premier League recently.

Leeds line up French full-back

Meanwhile, Leeds are said to be ready to add to their defensive options by pursuing French full-back Romain Perraud.

Ezgjan Alioski is out of contract at the end of the season and Leeds will need a replacement if he does not sign up.

According to Le10 Sport and The Athletic, Leeds have identified Brest left-back Perraud as an option.

Perraud is under contract until 2025 but Brest may be forced to sell due to financial concerns in Ligue 1.

If Leeds do pursue Perraud, they would face competition from Southampton and Lyon.

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