'Now is not the time' – Exclusive: Paul Robinson warns Bielsa over striker selection v QPR
We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United…
Paul Robinson doesn’t think now is the time to put Under-23 striker Ryan Edmondson on the bench, despite Marcelo Bielsa having no other options.
Leeds have been on the lookout for a new striker since Eddie Nketiah was recalled by Arsenal.
However, so far they’ve been unable to make any progress on a move for Che Adams – their number one target.
Leeds lost 2-0 to Sheffield Wednesday in their last Championship game, with Patrick Bamford struggling in front of goal and no alternative striker option on the bench.
Edmondson has been in good form again for the Under-23s this season, scoring eight goals for Carlos Corberan’s side.
However, despite calls from some Leeds fans for him to be promoted to the senior squad, Robinson doesn’t agree.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “I’d like to hope that Leeds can sign someone before the QPR game.
“I don’t think you can rely on a youngster, now is not the time to risk bringing kids through.
“Yes there are always options, but this season is Leeds’ best chance of getting back to the Premier League and if they don’t go up this year I think the manager will probably leave at the end of the season.
“They need to sign someone who will score the goals.”
Bamford has scored in fits and bursts this season but only has 10 in total so far.
He’s the club’s highest scorer but he’s a long way back from Ollie Watkins and Aleksandar Mitrovic, who are both on 18.
Leeds travel to QPR on Saturday and are hoping to get back to winning ways and to put a dreadful record in London behind them.
The game kicks off at 12.30pm and is live on Sky Sports.
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