By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

8th Jan, 2020 | 4:00pm

'Sign him tomorrow' – Exclusive: Paul Robinson claims Leeds must pounce after key striker update

We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United…

Paul Robinson has said that Leeds must do whatever it takes to sign Dwight Gayle, with the Newcastle player reportedly being made available for loan. 

Robinson added that he thinks Gayle is “key” to Leeds going up this season.

While the Telegraph had previously said Newcastle would only entertain a permanent exit for Gayle, the Northern Echo reported today that he would be available for a loan move.

Asked whether Leeds should pounce after the loan news and talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “Sign him tomorrow, in my opinion he’s key to Leeds going up this season.

“If they could get him on loan… The transfer budget isn’t huge but now is the time to take the risk, it’s Leeds’ best ever chance to go back up.”

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Robinson said that Leeds have a big job on their hands persuading a striker that he would get game time after Eddie Nketiah was recalled after only starting two games.

However, he said Gayle would have the quality and the confidence to believe he could come in and oust Patrick Bamford as the club’s number one.

“Leeds would have to sign someone like Gayle, who would be confident in playing week in week out,” Robinson said.

Where do we stand? We love Patrick Bamford, let’s get that straight. He offers a lot to Leeds and he’s played a huge part in getting us to the top of the league.

However, he’s not an aggressive enough goal-scorer. That was evident again in the FA Cup game against Arsenal.

Dwight Gayle knows how to score goals in the Championship. A loan for the rest of the season would be perfect.

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