Exclusive: Paul Robinson reveals what Leeds were missing in promotion bid last season
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Paul Robinson has said Leeds missing out on promotion last season was “very, very disappointing” and claimed all they needed was a guaranteed goal-scorer in the January transfer window.
Speaking exclusively to MOT Leeds news, Robinson said it was Leeds’ biggest chance of promotion in years.
After featuring in the top two for the majority of the season, Leeds faded at the end and finished six points behind Sheffield United in third.
Robinson said this wasn’t down to fitness but a lack of goals when it mattered the most.
“It was the biggest chance in years,” Robinson said. “It was very, very disappointing.
“I think when they were six points clear in December I can’t see why they wouldn’t invest heavily in the squad – it was clear they were lacking a goal scorer.
“Every team in the top six last year had a 20+ goal striker. Leeds brought [Kiko] Casilla in who ended up probably being detrimental to the performances at the end of the season, but looking back I can’t understand why they didn’t go and get a 20-goal-a-season striker who’s going to get you between 10 and 12 before the end of the season.
“If they still had somebody like Chris Wood I genuinely think they’d have been promoted last year.
“I think there was a lot made of Bielsa and the way that they were playing and the high tempo and that they’d fade towards the end of the season.
“Yes, they did fade towards the end of the season but I don’t think that was through the way they were playing – their fitness levels were still higher than any other team, they were still outrunning teams but performances and goals were the problem.”
Leeds ended up scoring five goals less than Sheffield United and a massive 20 goals less than champions Norwich.
Norwich’s Teemu Pukki was the league’s top scorer with 29. Kemar Roofe topped the pile for Leeds with just 14 goals.
Leeds signed a proper goal-scorer, Eddie Nketiah, on loan in the summer but he is still waiting for his first start in the league, with Marcelo Bielsa preferring Patrick Bamford, who hasn’t scored since August.
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