Paul Robinson: Leeds United will pay 'Top money' to sign new left-back

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Leeds United will pay “top money” to sign a new left-back this summer, according to former goalkeeper Paul Robinson.

Ezgjan Alioski spent most of the season playing in that role for the Whites but the 29-year-old North Macedonia international’s contract expires at the end of this month and he’s been linked with a move away from Elland Road [YEP].

Robinson claims that if Alioski wants to stay, he cannot expect to be a regular starter for Marcelo Bielsa as Leeds will have their eyes on a new addition in the left-back role.

Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “If [Alioski] stays he’ll be a bit-part player because it’s an area they struggled with last year. The defensive frailties were obvious and teams targetted it.

“He’s not a left-back and at the moment, with the players we’ve got in the squad, he’s not going to get into the midfield anywhere. If everyone’s fit and they’re going to add to the squad, he’s not going to fit in the midfield.

“They’re going to pay top money for a new left-back so I just don’t see where he fits into the team.

“If he wants to stay and be a squad player there’s an opportunity for him to stay but if he wants to play football I don’t think it’ll be at Leeds United.”

Leeds have been linked with a number of new left-backs and among them is Huesca’s Javi Galan.

Mundo Deportivo has recently reported that Galan is ready to sign for Leeds in the summer transfer window following Huesca’s relegation from La Liga.

Robinson says that Leeds will pay a lot for a new left-back but it is understood that due to Huesca’s demise, Galan’s release clause will be around £3.4million (€4million).

We wonder if Victor Orta is actually eyeing two left-backs with Galan a cheap back-up option and a big name to possibly arrive as well to be the starter.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites want to sign this 35-cap international more than any other club this summer.