BBC pundit stunned as Leeds United to pay £5m to complete Darko Gyabi signing on Friday
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Paul Robinson is underwhelmed by a Leeds United swoop to sign Manchester City midfielder Darko Gyabi with the teenager reportedly undergoing a medical on Friday.
Gyabi, 18, is reportedly in Leeds on Friday (1 July) to put the finishing touches to his move to Elland Road [Phil Hay].
The Yorkshire Evening Post reported on 30 June that the England Under-18s international is costing the Whites £5million and will undergo his medical before the weekend starts.
Robinson is sceptical about the deal though.
He feels as though that £5million probably should go into signing a first-team player while he’s raised question marks about whether the youngster is good enough given Man City’s acceptance in selling him.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “If it’s a permanent deal and he’s for the Under-23s, you would expect Manchester City to want to keep any talent that they’ve got at that age if they see them progressing to the first-team.
“If you’re losing Kalvin Phillips and you’re strengthing the Under-23s side – there’s something they’ve seen him in – but from a first-team point of view, it’s not something that will have a huge impact.
“He’s not going to be in the first-team next year or help them stay in the Premier League.
“Yes, he’s a player for the future and yes, he’s obviously a talent. But you’ve got to question why Manchester City would let him go at that age if he is a top talent.
“You’d think it would be a loan with a view to a permanent deal.
“Man City don’t often get it wrong about players and if they don’t see that he’s fit at that level, then he’s not going to affect Leeds’ first-team for three or four years.
“It looks like building blocks for the future but it’s nothing that’s going to affect the first-team now.
“That £5million could be put into a player that’s going to be a part of the senior squad.”
Gyabi has never played a senior football match in his career and played just 10 times for the Man City Under-23s in Premier League 2 last season.
In other Leeds United news, documents have been exchanged for this player to leave Leeds after two weeks of going back and forth.