Paul Robinson reacts as Leeds United eye Lyon star Maxwel Cornet
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Paul Robinson suggests Lyon left-back Maxwel Cornet would be a great addition to the Leeds United squad even though the Whites have already signed Junior Firpo this summer.
Leeds lost Ezgjan Alioski at the end of his contract but moved quickly to replace him at left-back by landing 24-year-old Firpo from Barcelona.
However, Sun journalist Alan Nixon has suggested that the Yorkshire club could yet make a move for Lyon and Ivory Coast star Cornet, tweeting last week that you can “never have enough Ferraris”.
According to Robinson, Cornet is someone who could compete with Firpo for Marcelo Bielsa’s left-back starting role if he does land the 24-year-old from Lyon.
Speaking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, the former goalkeeper said: “Any player like that is an addition to the squad.
“We talked about the left-back we’ve signed (Firpo) and you don’t see him going straight into the side and starting week in and week out in the Premier League.
“But that type of player (Cornet), you do.
“Leeds are fishing in that type of pond now. You don’t want to see Leeds fishing in league leagues or you don’t want to see them looking at players who are at a lower level than the club is at.
“But if they’re buying proven Champions League players, that’s what you want to see.”
Unless Leeds have money to spare, we wouldn’t expect them to sign another left-back.
Firpo is bound to be in the starting line-up whenever he’s available and if he’s ever injured or suspended, Stuart Dallas can move there, as can Pascal Struijk.
According to Goal, the Whites paid £13million for the Dominican Republic-born left-back.
It’s be a massive shock if he’s not seen as a mainstay.
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