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Paul Robinson has said that a similar level of investment in new Leeds players this summer would be “huge” for the club.
Leeds spent £100m on new players last summer and Athletic journalist Phil Hay believes that the club will spend a similar amount in the next window.
“Leeds do have money and funds available,” Hay said on his Leeds podcast.
“They’ve obviously gone at it in the first window, spending £100m and I think Leeds will spend fairly heavily again when the next window comes around.”
Hay also said that Bielsa seems very committed to the long-term and is already planning for the next transfer window.
Marcelo Bielsa has been involved in talks about the next transfer window and people close to him say he is more and more invested in the 'long game' at Leeds.
This season has weighed heavily on coaches like Nuno but Bielsa's spirit seems undiminished:https://t.co/XssXifmgys
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) February 20, 2021
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “To see that level of investment again would be huge and really encouraging for Leeds.
“It’s looking like Leeds will still be in the Premier League next season so they can start planning for that now.
“The budget is massively different to what it would be if they were in the Championship.
“Leeds need to invest these sorts of sums of money, though. You can see how defensively poor they have been at times this season and how much they miss Kalvin Phillips when he’s out.
“I don’t think Pascal Struijk is the answer at centre-back or in the holding midfield role.
“I still think that Leeds should try and sign Ben White in the summer or a player of a very similar ilk who can cover the defence and the holding midfield.
“When they’ve got all three centre-backs fit, Robin Koch, Diego Llorente and Liam Cooper, it won’t be a problem for them there, but they need someone who can step up to midfield.
“I think they need a recognised left-back and a keeper so there is money that needs to be spent.
“But, as we’ve seen from Bielsa, he will invest wisely and if the players aren’t there that he wants he just won’t do business.”
Raphinha is the big success story from last summer’s transfers.
He has nailed his starting place on the right-wing and looks like a player who can help Leeds challenge in Europe.
Leeds have also been unlucky with injuries, with summer signings Rodrigo, Diego Llorente and Robin Koch all out injured.
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