Journalist Claims “Mediocre” £13 Million Star Could Leave Leeds United In January

Journalist Dean Jones has admitted that there is a “pretty high chance” that Leeds United defender Junior Firpo could leave the club in the summer if the right offer comes in.

The fullback arrived at Elland Road from Barcelona back in 2021 during Marcelo Bielsa’s time in charge. The Yorkshire club paid a relatively modest £12.8 million fee to secure his services.

Firpo had been a regular in the first-team for the Peacocks throughout the club’s final two seasons in the Premier League before being relegated to the Championship. However, since Daniel Farke’s arrival, his game-time has significantly diminished.

This season, the former Spain U21 international has made merely three appearances in the second tier, totalling 116 minutes of league action. Summer signing Sam Byram has been Farke’s first-choice on the left side of the defence, having worked with the fullback during his spell with Norwich City.

Firpo has spent a large portion of the campaign sidelined with a knee injury but, despite returning to the team back in November, has now found himself out of favour with the manager.

The ex-Real Betis star played 70 minutes of the White Rose Derby against Rotherham United over a fortnight ago but his performance was described as “mediocre” by BBC pundit Jon Newsome.

Now, journalist Dean Jones has revealed that Firpo could leave the club when the January transfer window opens up if Leeds receive a good offer. Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Jones said:

“There is a pretty high chance that Firpo will leave Leeds in January if they can get a good offer for him. If he has had his head turned by the idea of going back to Betis, I think it’s understandable if they look to cash in.

“I thought it was a good transfer when he first joined Leeds, to be honest, but that was more based on what I had previously seen at Betis than Barcelona,” he continued.

“It hasn’t worked out as well as expected. There’s no denying that. In Barcelona, I think they’re probably looking back at it and realising they made the right decision to let him leave because he can’t even live up to expectations at Elland Road, let alone the Nou Camp.”

Writer’s View

Junior Firpo still has eighteen months remaining on his current deal with the Yorkshire outfit, having signed a four-year contract when he joined the club two-and-a-half years ago.

It seems likely that Leeds United will try to get close to the £13 million they paid for him but could struggle given how little game-time Firpo has received this term. Perhaps it would be best for all parties if Firpo was to part over the coming weeks.

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