Leeds United schedule medical for Marc Roca, Sky Sports pundit reacts
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Paul Robinson doesn’t think Leeds United fans will be excited by the reportedly imminent arrival of Bayern Munich midfielder Marc Roca at Elland Road.
Sky Sports Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio reported on 14 June that Roca, 25, is scheduled to undergo a medical with the Whites on Friday (17 June) ahead of signing a contract at the Yorkshire club.
It is understood that Leeds and Bayern are continuing to exchange documents to see Roca swap the Allianz Arena for Elland Road.
Leeds have signed Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen from Red Bull Salzburg already and if all goes well, Roca looks set to become Jesse Marsch’s third addition as United’s manager.
While Robinson believes that the reported £14.7million fee [Florian Plettenberg] isn’t a rip-off, he’s suggested that he’d rather see Leeds signing players with a track record in the Premier League despite raving about Roca’s ability.
“It’s not too big a risk for that type of money but again, it’s another player who’s not tried and tested in the Premier League,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.
“Leeds are relying on the scouting network to bring these players in.
“He’s not played a lot of football but for that type of money, with his reputation and potential, it would seem a good price for a player of that predicted quality.
“Roca’s not a player who’ll come in and have Leeds fans going, ‘wow, brilliant, excellent, another good signing’. It’d be a player that will bolster the squad.
“I’m not sure if he’ll play every week but he’s a good player.
“He’s not a name though and not someone who’d excite you from the outside looking in.”
Roca played 103 times in La Liga for Espanyol and featured 15 times in the Bundesliga in two seasons at Bayern Munich.
He’s also played in the Champions League, Europa League, Club World Cup, winning it with Bayern, and won the Under-21s European Championships with Spain.
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