Junior Firpo’s debut season as a Leeds United player hasn’t gone according to plan. And the tone was set just nine minutes after he came off the bench in Leeds’ 5-1 defeat on day one at Premier League rivals Manchester United.
Bruno Fernandez made his best Fred Estaire impression at Old Trafford when he rolled past the £16m left-back en route to scoring the second of his three goals of the afternoon. United’s Portuguese playmaker wouldn’t be the first player to defeat Firpo either.
In fact, his season is best summed up by the 3-0 home defeat by Aston Villa a couple of weeks ago – arguably Leeds’ worst performance since returning to the big league two years ago.
Firpo was initially miles out of position when the ball caught Matty Cash on the right side of the box. And in a desperate bid to take him down, Firpo sprinted right past the Villa flyer, giving Cash the time and space to finish with ease.
It almost looked like he’d swapped his football boots for roller stakes.
Firpo suffered a serious knee injury later that game and has not been seen since. Will he ever be seen again? In the gleaming white of Leeds United, that is?
What’s next for Junior Firpo at Leeds United?
Jesse Marsch said last week ahead of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Southampton that the former Barcelona bench presser was close to a return to fitness.
But would Marsch really ditch Stuart Dallas – the most reliable 7/10 footballer you’d ever want to meet – in favor of a full-back who seems to consider defending an optional part of his job description?
Leeds have conceded 2.5 goals per game while Firpo has been there this season. And with Dallas back on the left, Leeds have picked up seven points from a possible nine. This puts a significant buffer between you and the relegation zone.
The fact that Leeds have been linked with a slew of left-backs since Firpo’s last injury hit certainly seems to suggest that one of Marcelo Bielsa’s latest signings at Elland Road may already be running out of time if he wants to land the new boss.
Accordingly Mundo Deportivo, Leeds have ‘horned in’ Javi Galan from Celta Vigo, a player who also registered on their radar last summer. That likely means Galan is more of a target for Victor Orta than Marsch.
TEAMtalk claim that Leeds are also admirers of Anderlecht’s Sergio Gomez – six goals and 15 assists from the left-back – and Barcelona’s Sergino Dest.
Dest, an America international, can play at both left and his preferred right-back role. He also shares the same agent as Patrick Bamford.
With just seven games left before Leeds can pull off a shattered, tense campaign. Firpo made the worst possible impression on his new boss. Will he get the chance to do a second one?
In other news, Club are eyeing a £136m target at Newcastle to replace Tottenham’s wanted phenom
https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2022/04/06/16m-man-may-have-played-his-last-game-for-leeds-if-reports-are-true/ The £16million man may have played his last game for Leeds if the reports are true