By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

12th Nov, 2021 | 12:10pm

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Paul Robinson has urged Leeds United to strengthen the squad in the January transfer window with the San Francisco 49ers now increasing their ownership of the club.

Last week, it was confirmed that the 49ers now own 44 per cent of the shares at Leeds.

The NFL franchise is represented by Paraag Marathe and backed by Australian billionaire Peter Lowy, who’s a lifelong Leeds fan and a “significant investor”.

Writing on The Athletic website, Phil Hay reports that despite the new investment, it will not change Leeds’ plans for the upcoming January transfer window.

Marcelo Bielsa has usually avoided singing first-team players in the mid-season window but on this occasion, Robinson feels that injuries have shown that the Leeds manager needs to break his routine and use the new funding.

Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “With the way we’ve seen the squad stretched to the absolute limit in the early part of the season, they have to go into the January transfer window.

The 49ers investment is fantastic but it has to go into the playing side of things. The 44 per cent of shares is all well and good but that investment has to be on the field, you have to keep growing and in the Premier League this year, you have to keep developing.

They can’t keep the same squad, they have to bring in new players and rejuvenate the side.

We’ve seen the struggles in the early part of the season with a threadbare squad and if that’s not enough of an incentive for the investors to go into the January transfer market, I don’t know what is.

They have to look at the squad. We’ve missed Kalvin Phillips and Patrick Bamford and really struggled without them. There’s no direct cover in either position.

Junior Firpo’s not been fit and we’ve had to play Stuart Dallas or Pascal Struijk at left-back. Firpo and Luke Ayling have been out together, then where do you play Dallas? Jamie Shackleton’s had to play at right-back and players have been played out of position because the squad is so thin.

It should be a huge incentive for the owners and investors to go into the transfer market in January.

We have to stay in the Premier League.”

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has said if Raphinha is pushing to quit the club amid interest from PSG.