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Paul Robinson is delighted to see the new surface at Elland Road, which was bought from Premier League rivals Tottenham for £300,000.
The pitch has been replaced as a short-term fix after cutting up really badly, with Leeds planning to replace the entire pitch structure in the summer.
Robinson claims it was becoming a ‘terrible’ problem for Leeds and that Burnley manager Sean Dyche had said it was the worst surface he’d ever seen in the Premier League.
An image of the new surface was posted on Twitter and Robinson thinks it is the right move at the right time.
— Will (@lufcwill_) January 26, 2021
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “The pitch was terrible and we’ve been really unfortunate with the weather there.
“We’ve had two lots of three-foot snow, I live close in the area. But it was bad before that.
“I was working at the Burnley game and the pitch was terrible then. I was talking to Sean Dyche who said that he’d never seen a Premier League pitch in such bad condition – and that was before the snow came.
“The snow came and the pitch was awful, it was really bad against Brighton.
“It was something they needed to do, something they needed to invest in. Going forward in the Premier League they have to have one of the best surfaces in the Premier League.
“It’s fortunate they’ve got these two away games and hopefully it will be bedded-in for the Everton game. But it’s a big boost as there’s no doubt it was becoming a hindrance to Leeds.”
The Leeds players were complaining about the pitch after the 1-0 defeat to Brighton, where we started playing long balls instead of our short, first-time passing game.
It’s not an ideal time in the season to lay a new pitch but something had to be done and all eyes will now be on the new surface for the visit of Everton next week.
It looks good, though.
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