By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

16th Dec, 2022 | 4:10pm

We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United…

Leeds United are reportedly closing in on the signing of Birmingham City talent George Hall and Paul Robinson hopes he can have an impact in the senior side at Elland Road.

TeamTalk reported on 13 December that Leeds are getting closer to landing the 18-year-old central midfielder with Mateusz Klich and Adam Forshaw potentially leaving the West Yorkshire club in 2023.

Redditch-born Hall is an English midfielder who’s a recent product of Birmingham’s academy, similar to England and Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham.

Only one year separates Hall and 19-year-old Bellingham and that’s led to Robinson believe that Hall could potentially have a role in the first team at Leeds if he arrives in January.

“Birmingham have got a good record of producing young players and Jude Bellingham is a perfect example of it,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

If you look at his age and what Bellingham is doing, he’s having an impact [in senior football] so yes, while they’d be signing Hall for the future, you’d also want him to potentially make an immediate impact as well.”

Hall has played 18 times in the Championship for Birmingham this season.

He’s scored one goal and supplied one assist, with his goal coming in a 1-1 draw with Watford at St Andrew’s on 16 August.

Blues boss John Eustance has recently told BBC Radio WM that Hall is one of the best youngsters in the Championship and he doesn’t want to lose him in the upcoming transfer window.

As quoted on BBC Sport’s website on 14 December, Eustace said: “For me, George Hall is one of the top young players in the league

“He’s a very effective player whether he starts or we have him coming off the bench.

“He’s only just turned 18 – and he’s got an opportunity to showcase himself here. We don’t want George Hall going anywhere.”

In other Leeds United news, talks are underway over this player quitting Elland Road for a high-paid contract.