Paul Robinson delivers verdict on Junior Firpo arrival at Leeds United
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Paul Robinson is thrilled with Leeds United after they signed left-back Junior Firpo from Barcelona.
Earlier this week, the Whites announced that Firpo, 24, had arrived at Elland Road for an undisclosed fee after he agreed a four-year contract with the Yorkshire club.
According to Goal, Leeds have paid around £13million for the ex-Real Betis left-back, who’s now expected to go straight into Marcelo Bielsa’s starting line-up for next season.
Ezgjan Alioski’s exit was made official before Firpo was unveiled and the North Macedonian’s move away from Leeds opens up a slot at left-back for the Dominican Republic-born ace.
Robinson feels it was about time Alioski moved on and is delighted that Firpo has come in as his replacement.
“Top signing,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News when asked for his thoughts on Firpo’s arrival in West Yorkshire.
“I’m glad that Alioski’s gone.
“I think it was time enough because he’s been a huge weakness for them.
“He’s conceded chances, conceded goals and teams have targetted that side of the field.
“Firpo is a signing that was needed and they needed to invest heavily in that position. I think it’s a great signing.
“Not a lot of Leeds fans will know much about him but if you look into his recent history, he’s a top player.
“It’s another one we have to trust Victor Orta and his scouting system.”
Firpo struggled for game-time at Barcelona last season as he had to compete with Jordi Alba for a spot in Ronald Koeman’s starting line-up.
However, he’ll have no such competition at Leeds.
Bielsa does have other options to play at left-back with Stuart Dallas, Leif Davis and Pascal Struijk all capable.
But as long as he stays fit and ready to play, we’d expect Firpo to start all 38 matches next season in the Premier League.
In other Leeds United news, Jamie Carragher has reacted instantly to the latest addition at Elland Road.