By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

17th Nov, 2022 | 9:10am

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…

Paul Robinson has told Leeds United to sign a new left-back and a new centre-forward in the January transfer window.

Leeds have had a mixed start to the 2022/23 Premier League season with Jesse Marsch coming close to being sacked before overseeing a shock win over Liverpool before an almighty comeback against Bournemouth.

As it stands, the Whites are 15th in the table with 15 points on the board. They are, however, just two points ahead of Nottingham Forest in the relegation zone and one point worse off than they were at this point last season.

Robinson feels there are deals to be done in January that can help keep Leeds in the top-flight.

And while he’s been impressed with Rodrigo this season, he’s got concerns about Patrick Bamford’s fitness and that has led the former goalkeeper to call on his old club to sign a new striker as well as add to the left-back options.

“It hasn’t changed. They need backup at left-back and they need a striker they’ve needed for 18 months,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

Left-back has been a problem position for a long, long time and that hasn’t been addressed. It needs to be addressed in January before the battle to stay in the Premier League goes on.

It wasn’t looked at in the summer and neither was a new striker. Rodrigo is doing excellently at the moment but you can’t guarantee Patrick Bamford’s fitness.

Defensively, you look at Liam Cooper. If he’s fit, he plays. Individually, Robin Koch and Diego Llorente are good defenders, they’re good players. But whenever they’re paired together, for whatever reason – even with the protection of Tyler Adams and Marc Roca – they look susceptible defensively.

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