Pascal Struijk

Pascal Augustus Struijk (born 11 August 1999) is a professional footballer who plays as a centre-back or defensive midfielder for Premier League club Leeds United. Born in Belgium with Indonesian ancestry, he has represented the Netherlands internationally at under-17 level.

Pascal Struijk
Personal information
Full name Pascal Augustus Struijk[1]
Date of birth (1999-08-11) 11 August 1999 (age 21)[2]
Place of birth Deurne, Belgium
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[3]
Position(s) Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Leeds United
Number 21
Youth career
2006–2016 ADO Den Haag
2016–2018 Ajax
2018–2019 Leeds United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2019– Leeds United 32 (1)
National team
2016 Netherlands U17 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 May 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:41, 3 February 2021 (UTC)

Early and personal life

Struijk was born in Deurne in Belgium, but moved to The Hague at the age of 3.[4] His paternal grandparents were born in the Dutch East Indies and he is therefore also eligible to appear for Indonesia at international level.[5][6]

Club career

Early career

Struijk started his youth career at ADO Den Haag at the age of 7 before moving to Ajax in 2016.[4][7] In his age group, he would compete with fellow left-sided centre-back and future international Sven Botman and struggled to make an impression, even being tried as a striker in some youth games.[8] With his contract due to expire in the summer of 2018, Struijk joined Leeds United on trial in January of the same year before signing permanently later that month on a three-and-a-half year deal.[9]

Leeds United

His first involvement with the first team came on 13 March 2018, when he was named on the bench against Aston Villa in a 1–0 defeat.[10] Struijk was a regular for the Leeds United under-23 side over the course the 2018–19 season,[11] and he featured in the team that won the Professional Development League on 6 May 2019, beating Birmingham City on penalties having drawn the final 0–0.[12] He was named on the bench by Marcelo Bielsa for both legs of the Championship play-off semi-final against Derby County, but did not come off the bench for either; Leeds lost 4–3 on aggregate over the two legs.[13]

On 10 December 2019, Struijk made his debut for Leeds United, coming on as a 91st-minute substitute for Hélder Costa in a 2–0 victory at home to Hull City.[14] His second appearance came in the following match as a late substitute in a 3–3 draw at home to Cardiff City, with Struijk failing to clear the ball in the build-up to Robert Glatzel's late equaliser.[15][16] He made his third appearance for the club as a 61st-minute substitute in a 1–0 win against Barnsley on 17 July 2020, with him being praised for his performance as a defensive midfielder.[17] He made his full debut on 19 July 2020, starting in the team that beat Derby County 3–1 in the penultimate game of the season.[18] Another appearance against Charlton Athletic followed in the final game of the season as Leeds finished the 2019–20 season at the top of the Championship, and were thus promoted to the Premier League.[19][20]

Due to an injury to fellow Leeds United centre-back Liam Cooper, Struijk started Leeds' first league game of the 2020–21 season; a 4–3 away defeat to Premier League champions Liverpool.[21][22] He signed a new three-and-a-half-year deal on 20 November 2020, lasting until summer 2024.[23] He scored the first goal of his senior career on 14 February 2021 in a 4-2 defeat away to Arsenal,[24][25] netting a header from a Raphinha corner in the 58th-minute.[25] He scored once in 27 league appearances in his debut Premier League campaign.[24]

International career

Eligible to represent Belgium, the Netherlands and Indonesia,[5] Struijk was capped three times by the Netherlands under-17 team in 2016.[4]

Style of play

Struijk is left-footed.[26] He primarily plays as a centre-back, but can also play as a defensive midfielder.[27]

Career statistics

As of match played 23 May 2021
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Leeds United 2019–20[28] Championship 5000000050
2020–21[24] Premier League 271101000291
Total 321101000341
Leeds United U21 2020–21[24] 1[lower-alpha 1]010
Career total 321101010351
  1. Appearance(s) in EFL Trophy


Leeds United


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  2. Pascal Struijk at Soccerway. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  3. "Pascal Struijk". Retrieved 12 December 2019.
  4. Groenstege, Minne (19 July 2020). "Basisdebutant Struijk met kampioen Leeds te sterk voor Cocu, Roos en Rooney". Algemen Dagblad (in Dutch). Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  5. Baskoro, Faisal Maliki (19 July 2020). "Pascal Struijk, Pemain Keturunan Indonesia yang Bantu Leeds United Promosi". BeritaSatu (in Indonesian). Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  6. Syihabuddin, Mohammad Khalid (14 May 2020). "Berdarah Indonesia, Pascal Struijk Enggan Gabung Timnas Indonesia". (in Indonesian). Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  7. "Jeugdtalent Pascal Struijk van ADO naar Ajax". (in Dutch). 21 March 2016. Retrieved 12 December 2019.
  8. "Pascal Struijk – from a 'dead track' at Ajax to winning Bielsa's trust at Leeds". The Athletic. 15 September 2020. Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  9. "Pascal Struijk – from a 'dead track' at Ajax to winning Bielsa's trust at Leeds". The Athletic. 15 September 2020. Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  10. "Aston Villa 1–0 Leeds United". BBC Sport. 13 April 2018. Retrieved 28 March 2020.
  11. Coombs, Dan (6 March 2019). "Pascal Struijk is shaping up as Leeds United's next breakout star". HITC. Retrieved 28 March 2020.
  12. "U23 Report: Leeds United 0–0 Birmingham City (Leeds win 4–2 penalties)". Leeds United F.C. 6 May 2019. Retrieved 28 March 2020.
  13. "Leeds United 2–4 Derby County (3–4 agg): Jack Marriott scores twice to send Rams to Wembley". BBC Sport. 15 May 2019. Retrieved 28 March 2020.
  14. "Leeds United 2–0 Hull City: Marcelo Bielsa's Whites win to go top". BBC Sport. 10 December 2019. Retrieved 12 December 2019.
  15. Dawes, Olly (14 December 2019). "Leeds fans react to Pascal Struijk's performance". HITC Sport. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  16. "Cardiff stun Leeds as Robert Glatzel seals draw after being three down". The Observer. 14 December 2019. ISSN 0029-7712. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  17. Watach, Nestor (17 July 2020). "Pascal Struijk proved Marcelo Bielsa right in his high-pressure Barnsley cameo". LeedsLive. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  18. Smyth, Graham (19 July 2020). "Derby County 1 Leeds United 3: Graham Smyth's player ratings". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  19. "Leeds United 4–0 Charlton Athletic: Addicks relegated after heavy defeat by champions". BBC Sport. 22 July 2020. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  20. Laurence, Martin (24 July 2020). "The winners and losers in the Championship this season". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  21. Mewis, Joe (12 September 2020). "Leeds United issue Liam Cooper injury update as Pascal Struijk drafted in". LeedsLive. Retrieved 12 September 2020.
  22. "Salah hat-trick sinks Leeds in thriller". BBC Sport. 12 September 2020. Retrieved 12 September 2020.
  23. "Leeds defender Struijk signs new deal". BBC Sport. 20 November 2020. Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  24. "Games played by Pascal Struijk in 2020/2021". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 September 2020.
  25. Jarred, Martin (14 February 2021). "Leeds forget to take their A-game to London - again". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  26. Groenstege, Minne (25 July 2020). "Struijk plots tegenover Rooney bij kampioen Leeds United: 'Ongekend wat hier is losgekomen'". Algemeen Dagblad (in Dutch). Retrieved 29 July 2020.
  27. Urquhart, Joe (20 November 2020). "Pascal Struijk 'living the dream' at Elland Road after penning new deal". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  28. "Games played by Pascal Struijk in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 March 2020.
  29. "Leeds United are champions!". Leeds United F.C. 18 July 2020. Retrieved 22 July 2020.