Paul Robinson reacts as Leeds United reportedly close in on Ombang

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Leeds United are reportedly on the verge of signing young Bradford City goalkeeper Darryl Ombang and Paul Robinson finds it “strange” that he wasn’t already on the books at Elland Road.

The Daily Mail reported last week that the Whites are edging closer to agreeing a deal to sign Ombang, 16, and add him to their academy for next season.

It is understood that the England Under-16s shot-stopper is “among the most promising young goalkeepers coming through in England”.

He first played for Bradford’s Under-18s at the age of 14, such is his potential but Robinson feels as though Leeds should be snaring those sorts of talents much sooner.

Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “Leeds and Bradford are local to one another so it’s surprising how someone at that age has slipped through the net because it’s the same region, it’s the same postcode, Leeds-Bradford airport is linked.

They’re essentially one.

It’s strange how a goalkeeper gets to that level and slips through the net but if Leeds are investing in youth then it’s all good.”

Ombang certainly sounds like an exciting young talent.

However the West Yorkshire Built-up Area is a massive one with well over a million people living inside it.

Leeds’ academy scouts and recruitment team cannot be expected to snap up every single young talent that is on the rise.

And anyway, who’s to say Ombang hasn’t already been on the radar at Leeds but has only recently developed into a player worth taking on?

We’ll see how he develops in the coming years but the signs are very good with this one.

In other Leeds United news, a Leeds news website has completely messed up a story about supposed advanced talks to sign a £40million player.