Newcastle United to poach Leeds United youngsters after Saudi takeover - pundit
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Newcastle United’s newfound wealth could cause issues for Leeds United and their bid to improve their youth ranks, according to Paul Robinson.
Earlier this month, the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund bought Newcastle from Mike Ashley.
It means the Magpies now have the richest owners in the world, with the Saudi PIF widely reported to be worth £320billion.
It’s a widely-criticised takeover with concerns over sportswashing and the controversial human rights issues in Saudi Arabia.
Robinson feels that Leeds could be one of the clubs to also be affected by the Saudi takeover of the Tyneside club.
While Newcastle have overtaken every club on the planet for having the richest owners, they could also cause issues with Leeds’ youth recruitment and ability to keep hold of young stars.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News about Newcastle’s takeover, Robinson said: “They’ve leapfrogged all the clubs in terms of their wealth.
“Newcastle are a huge club. Clubs like Leeds United and others in the north need to be very wary of Newcastle dominating the youth market. That’s what we’re going to see in the coming years as they develop their training ground.
“They’re at a level that Manchester City are at where they can put players into private schools, house the kids and house their parents.
“Newcastle’s scouting network is going to have the ability to take all the top players in the country so Leeds may see some of their young players go.
“Leeds could be in direct competition with Newcastle for new players and when you’re in direct competition with a club worth billions and can pay for private schooling, they can relocate you, it’s a different ball-game.”
Leeds have placed a lot of importance on youth recruitment and development over the years.
Andrea Radrizzani has recently been critical of the Saudi takeover at St James’ Park with the Leeds owner urging the Premier League to ensure Newcastle stay within the limits of Financial Fair Play restrictions [Sky Sports].
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