Paul Robinson defends Leeds United ace Junior Firpo after Micah Richards criticism
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Paul Robinson has defended Junior Firpo after the Leeds United left-back faced heavy criticism for his performance against West Ham on Saturday.
Firpo, 25, made his fifth Leeds appearance in the 2-1 defeat at Elland Road and unfortunately for him, he was responsible for the 67th-minute own goal that cancelled out Raphinha’s opener.
Speaking on Match of the Day on Saturday night, former England defender Micah Richards blasted Firpo for his performance against West Ham.
Ex-Leeds goalkeeper Robinson has called for patience with Firpo, suggesting that the summer signing still needs time to adapt to a new league and Marcelo Bielsa’s system after swapping Barcelona for the Whites in July.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “It’s difficult to settle into the Premier League.
“The criticism is harsh, I don’t think he deserves as much criticism because it’ll take him time to settle into the system.
“I don’t think he’s played poorly. I like him offensively but defensively it might take him some time to fit in.
“But he’s coming into a team that isn’t playing particularly well and isn’t known for defensive solidity.
“It’s going to take him time and he will get caught out of position at times.
“He was unlucky with the own goal and I think even he’ll admit he’s not playing at the level he’d expect to.”
When Marcelo Bielsa makes a new signing, it usually takes a month or two before he throws them into his starting line-up.
However, as Firpo is the only natural left-back among Bielsa’s senior options, he’s had more of a baptism of fire than the Leeds boss would have likely wanted.
We’re still he’ll come good eventually.
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