Paul Robinson wants Leeds United U23 stars to leave on loan
We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United.
Paul Robinson wants more young players at Leeds United to leave the club on loan to experience senior football.
Mark Jackson’s Under-23s side waltzed the Premier League 2 (Division 2) league last term, picking up the title, and the likes of Joe Gelhardt, Sam Greenwood and Crysencio Summerville have all been handed their senior debuts by Marcelo Bielsa this year.
The latter has particularly shone of late, and he is the only one of the trio to be handed his Premier League debut, appearing as a second-half substitute at Newcastle United last month before doubling his tally against West Ham a week later.
Staying with the Whites during the international break, Summerville further showcased his talents on Sunday when he scored a stunning solo goal in the 2-1 Premier League Cup defeat at Sunderland.
When asked if Summerville should be considered for a loan exit in January, ex-Leeds goalkeeper Robinson suggested a raft of young players at the club should be looking for temporary moves.
“I’m in favour of loans,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News. “I think the Under-23s creates a false environment for younger footballers that think they’ve made it as a footballer. It’s great for younger players to develop and to play and train with the first team.
“[But] I’m very much in favour of younger players going out on loan and playing ‘mortgage football’. People have bills to pay, they’ve got mortgages to pay and it matters.
“I’m not saying the Under-23s doesn’t matter but it’s a completely different environment playing in front of a crowd and playing football where it matters.”
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