'Huge problem' – Exclusive: Paul Robinson fires transfer warning to Leeds after Nketiah exits
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Paul Robinson has said that Leeds have a “huge problem” to crack as they move to replace Eddie Nketiah.
After mounting speculation that he was going to be recalled, Nketiah’s exit was confirmed after the game against West Brom on Wednesday night.
Marcelo Bielsa said that finding a replacement would be the priority for Leeds in the January transfer window.
One name that has been mentioned is Southampton’s Che Adams but Robinson has identified a “huge problem” in signing someone of that quality.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “The only way Leeds will get someone like that [Adams] is by guaranteeing them game time, by saying they’re going to come in and start instead of Patrick Bamford.
“A player like Adams isn’t going to want to leave to go to Leeds, especially when Nketiah is leaving because he has only started in two games.
“That’s the huge problem Leeds have got. How do you attract a player to do Nketiah’s job, who will want to get minutes, when Nketiah left due to not getting minutes?
“It’s a double-edged sword, it’s a really difficult challenge.
“They’ve got to go and find someone who you can promise game time to or a start.”
Bielsa admitted himself that it would be tough to bring in a quality striker in the January window and said Leeds would have to be “clever”. [Athletic]
Patrick Bamford is the club’s number one striker and changed the game when he came on for Eddie Nketiah at half-time.
Whoever comes in will start off by playing second fiddle to Bamford and will need to do a lot to oust him as Bielsa’s preferred striker.
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