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Paul Robinson understands why Leeds United have taken the decision to send Mateusz Bogusz on loan to Spanish side Logrones.
Late on Monday night, the Segunda Division club announced that they signed Bogusz, 19, on a season-long loan from the Whites.
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💥 Mateusz Bogusz, refuerzo para el ataque blanquirrojo. El joven mediapunta internacional Sub21 con Polonia llega cedido del @LUFC, hasta junio de 2021.
— UD Logroñés (@UDLogrones) October 5, 2020
Bogusz has been in and out of Marcelo Bielsa’s first-team plans over the last couple of the seasons and managed to earn his third senior appearance for the Whites last month when he started in the Carabao Cup defeat to Hull.
The Poland Under-21 midfielder was also an unused substitute for the win against Fulham.
Bogusz is one of the more highly-rated young players on the books at Elland Road and Robinson is happy to see him get the opportunity to earn first-team experience at Logrones.
“With the strength of the squad, players like that aren’t going to get as much of a look in as they would have done in the Championship,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.
“The manager probably still hasn’t made a decision on these players and they need game-time for him to be able to do that.
“With him going to club like that to play week in, week out, the manager and the staff will get to see him and it gives him an opportunity to play.
“Joleon Lescott is the loan manager at Manchester City – or he was the last time I spoke to him. He has 20 players at the beginning of pre-season to get them fit and coach them like a squad. Then it’s his and the scouts’ job to put them where they think they will develop best as players.
“Clubs don’t just send players out willy-nilly, they will handpick certain clubs, certain managers and certain styles of play that will benefit that player.
“That’s exactly what Leeds will have done.”
Bogusz hasn’t had too many opportunities to impress at Leeds United but the coaching staff will know a lot about him due to how often he’s played for the Under-23s.
But, playing for the reserves is a different world to playing first-team football for one of the biggest clubs in the country.
Bogusz has made the odd appearance and even played a role against Manchester United in a pre-season friendly last year.
He will hopefully earn a lot of game-time at Logrones but Leeds have been disappointed by sending players on loan to the Spanish second-tier in recent years.
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