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Paul Robinson has said that he doesn’t think Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is the answer for Leeds as they eye new attacking reinforcements for the Premier League.
Batshuayi has reportedly been offered to Victor Orta and could be available for as little as £25m.
Leeds only have Patrick Bamford as a senior striker at the moment, with an obligation to buy Jean-Kevin Augustin currently being disputed.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “I’m not sure that Batshuayi is the type of player who would fit in with how Marcelo Bielsa works.
“I’m not sure he’d buy into the Bielsa methods. Bielsa demands so much off the ball and I don’t think Batshuayi is really a Leeds type of player.
“I want to see Leeds buy a proven goal-scorer, someone who will lead the line, who doesn’t stop running.
“I would have liked to have seen Leeds move for Mitrovic if Fulham hadn’t won the play-offs last night.
“Callum Wilson or Josh King would fit the bill at Leeds nicely. I don’t think you could say the same about Batshuayi – he just doesn’t strike me as a Bielsa player.”
We’re completely with Robinson on this. Batshuayi isn’t a Bielsa player and Leeds aren’t going to smash their wage structure to fit in a £100k-a-week player.
Leeds fans will be hoping for a proven goal-scorer, although we’d like to see Ollie Watkins come in ahead of either Wilson or King from Bournemouth.
All three would be preferable – and a lot cheaper – than Batshuayi.
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