Paul Robinson: Jordan Stevens will likely leave Leeds United this summer
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Paul Robinson believes Jordan Stevens is likely to leave Leeds United this summer with the midfielder currently on trial at Harrogate Town.
Stevens, 21, struggled through last season with loan spells at both Swindon in League One and Bradford in League Two resulting in just seven league starts.
He has one year left on his contract at Elland Road but it seems as though the former Forest Green Rovers player will be on the move this summer.
Harrogate manager Simon Weaver, as quoted by the Harrogate Advertiser, confirmed after the game that he’s taking an early look at the young midfielder, who can play out wide, at right-back or in the middle of the midfield.
Before last season, Stevens did play a handful of times for Marcelo Bielsa but Robinson feels that Leeds are now at a stage where they’re ahead of the level Stevens is at.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, the ex-goalkeeper said: “He played a few times in the Championship-winning season but it shows the level Leeds are at now.
“Yes, he’s a good player but if you’re 21 and you’re not in and around the first team regularly or getting on the bench then as a player, you want to move on and you want to play.
“I think the level of players Leeds are looking at now, he probably is one who will leave.”
Since joining Leeds from Forest Green in 2018, Stevens has made six first-team appearances for the Yorkshire club.
Bielsa raved about Stevens to the media in 2019. The Yorkshire Evening Post and HITC quoted the Leeds manager as saying: “He has all the skills needed to play in the attack, he has good quality and speed too.”
Last season, Bradford assistant manager Mark Trueman told the Bantams’ official website: “He is a very talented player – with raw pace and a naturally direct edge to his play – and we are looking forward to seeing him in action.”