Phil Hay has insisted he can’t see Junior Firpo being allowed to leave Leeds United this month.
After being backed by Leeds over the summer to make the left-back spot his own, Firpo suffered a hamstring injury which has restricted his game time this season and seen him start just three games across all competitions.
Therefore, Leeds were forced to dip into the transfer market this month to bring in a new left back in the form of Maximilian Wober which will have naturally raised questions over the future of Firpo, especially with his poor injury record.
If Firpo can’t dislodge Wober or even Pascal Struijk, he could well see himself stuck to the bench and kicking his heels for the remainder of the season, especially because Hay can’t see the club allowing him to depart this month.
Should Leeds sell Firpo?
He said: (15:20) “So, when it comes to Firpo, and there were a few reports this week about Real Betis liking him and [being] quite keen on taking him back, I’d be quite surprised if that happened but he definitely needs to find his niche.”
TIF Thoughts on Firpo’s future…
It would be quite crazy for Leeds, who’ve had woes at left-back all season, to allow Firpo to leave after just bringing in a new left-back because the point of signing Wober was to ensure Jesse Marsch had sufficient cover in a problem area.
Marsch may well feel as though Firpo can play a role in his side if he can stay fit because there are no guarantees that Wober slides into the team perfectly and has no issues adapting to life in the Premier League.
Firpo will likely be eager to play first-team football on a regular basis but that may not be with Leeds because the last time he stepped out onto the pitch against Cardiff City he appeared to lack a lot of confidence which was said to be ‘scary‘ according to Hay who watched on from the press box.