'Highly rated' – Exclusive: Pundit reacts as Leeds look to swipe prize asset from Ch'ship rivals

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Paul Robinson has doubts that Reading striker Danny Loader has what it takes to play for Leeds in the Premier Lague, although he did concede the 19-year-old is “highly rated”.

The Daily Mail have reported that Loader – described as Reading’s “prize asset” – could be available for free, despite coming through the Reading academy, after the Championship side was forced to withdraw its contract offer because of financial troubles amid the Coronavirus outbreak.

Loader is out of contract in the summer.

Wolves had reportedly agreed a deal for the striker last summer before Reading pulled the deal.

Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “He’s very unproven, I think he’s still only 19. He’s rated highly and he’s played for England at all levels, I know that about him.

“He’s highly rated but he’s only scored one goal for the Reading first team.

“If Leeds are heading into the Premier League then you’d think they’d be looking at proven players.

“Loader made his debut in 2017 for Reading and he’s only scored one goal. That’s not a player for me who’s going to come in and be playing in the Premier League for Leeds.

“Saying that, I don’t think there’s going to be a huge amount of spending this summer.”

Loader has lost his way at Reading, that much is certain.

However, Crystal Palace and Swansea are also in the race for him and he’s described as Reading’s “prize asset”.

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