Paul Robinson delivers verdict on Leeds United links with Michy Batshuayi

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Paul Robinson has raved about Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi but doesn’t feel as though the Belgium international is better than Leeds United star Patrick Bamford.

According to the Telegraph, Leeds are interested in signing the “unwanted” Chelsea forward, who spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace.

However, while Robinson can appreciate Batshuayi’s qualities, he’s adamant that Bamford will remain Marcelo Bielsa’s first-choice striker next season.

Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “It would have to be someone to play second-fiddle to Patrick and I don’t think he’s as good as Patrick.

“He’s certainly not going to be brought in to take his spot, he’ll be brought in as a good addition to the squad.

“He can score goals, he can play on his own up top, he knows how to lead the line and play that position but he certainly doesn’t come in and start ahead of Patrick Bamford.”

Batshuayi played for Bielsa at Marseille before Chelsea signed him for £33million.

However, since joining the billionaire-owned [Forbes] Stamford Bridge club, Batshuayi has struggled for game-time and has been sent out on loan on four different occasions when he’s played for Valencia, Borussia Dortmund and Palace twice.

Last season, Batshuayi scored just two goals in 18 Premier League appearances for the Eagles, although he was handed just two league starts by Roy Hodgson.

He’s clearly someone who’s prepared to sit on the bench if he’s needed to but if he’s going to leave Chelsea permanently, he would more than likely want a starting spot.

Can Leeds promise him that?

After a 17-goal haul for Bamford in the Premier League this term, it’s very doubtful.

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