Paul Robinson delivers verdict as Leeds United eye Liverpool youngster Neco Williams
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Liverpool full-back Neco Williams would be a great addition to the Leeds United squad, according to Paul Robinson.
The Athletic has reported this week that Williams, 20, wants to leave Anfield this summer and Liverpool are open to selling him for £10million.
It is understood that Leeds are among a number of clubs who are interested in signing the Wales international, who can play as a right-back or left-back.
However, Robinson feels as though if Leeds do sign Williams, he’ll be signed with the future in mind as he doesn’t see the Welshman getting regular starts in his preferred role at right-back.
“It’s a potential signing for the future but he’s certainly not going to be coming in for Luke Ayling – he’s had a great season,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.
“He’s been a mainstay at right-back or, when needed, at centre-half.
“Williams is a good player. If Liverpool are going to let him go for that kind of money and he’s added to the squad, it’s going to be a good signing.
“But I can’t see him as a player who’d come in and immediately have an impact at the start of the season, it’d definitely be one where he’s used through the season and with the future in mind.
“Depending on how long [Marcelo] Bielsa is going to stay around, he’s the type of player Bielsa’s famed for improving. You can get the best out of players at that age – look at what he did with Kalvin Phillips.
“There is an attraction for players of a younger age to come and work for Bielsa.”
Williams is behind Trent Alexander-Arnold in the right-back pecking order at Anfield and made just six Premier League appearances last season.
He managed to assist a goal while playing for the Reds in the Champions League when he set up a winner against Ajax.
However, he must feel as though his development may stall if he continues to be sat on the bench at Anfield.
You’d imagine that unless he was signed to be the starting left-back, he would be stuck on the bench at Elland Road.
But after playing as a left-sided wing-back for Wales at the European Championships this summer, there could be an opening on the other side of Bielsa’s defence.
In other Leeds United news, this central midfielder is ready to quit his club in favour of joining the Whites.