By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

14th Sep, 2023 | 11:10am

Leeds United achieve short-term FFP fix as mass full-time exits predicted at Elland Road

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’s on-loan players won’t make an impact next season if they are to return to Elland Road in the Premier League as they are “not going to make the squad stronger”, according to Paul Robinson.

The Whites, like all relegated sides, faced a big wage bill issue upon their return to the Championship. As a result, they sent a wave of players out on loan, including Jack Harrison, Luis Sinisterra and Marc Roca.

These departures were essential for Leeds’ financial security, while the players themselves were likely keen on moves back to top-flight clubs after Leeds’ relegation. However, all eight loanees are set to return at the end of the season, meaning Throp Arch could be very busy next summer.

However, with the exception of Harrison, Robinson has dismissed claims that these players could make an impact at Elland Road next season if Leeds return to the top flight, suggesting these loans were a “short-term solution” and aren’t good enough.

When asked if these returning loan players could set Leeds up for a strong potential Premier League return, Robinson exclusively told MOT Leeds News: “No, I don’t think so. I don’t buy into that at all.

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“They’re the players that got Leeds United relegated. So they proved that that squad of players wasn’t good enough to stay in the Premier League.

“If we are in the Premier League next season, they’re not going to make the squad stronger because they were the squad that got the club relegated.

“I mean, Leeds are always going to be paying a percentage of their wages, but a percentage of their wages is better than paying it all in the Championship and not using them.

“So you have to cut your cloth accordingly in the Championship and to get players out on big wages, it has to be done whether it’s a sale or whether it’s a loan and a contribution.

“I don’t see any of those players other than Jack Harrison coming back and having an impact on the squad, I suppose.

“It’s short-term solutions at the moment because with Financial Fair Play the way it is and where they are in the Championship, loaning players out on big wages isn’t a long-term solution.

“It’s a short-term solution for the here and now.”

In other Leeds United news, a Sky Sports pundit has urged a seven-figure Elland Road man to depart the club.