By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

16th Oct, 2022 | 11:40am

Pundit blasts Leeds United academy stance as Fabrizio Romano shares what he's been told about transfer news

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Paul Robinson has slammed Leeds United for a lack of short-term vision amid reports they’re looking at signing Rangers centre-back Leon King.

Guardian journalist Fabrizio Romano reported on the Here We Go Podcast on 10 October that Leeds, Newcastle and Manchester United are sending scouts to watch King, 18, at Rangers.

Robinson is disappointed by Leeds’ failure to promote from within their own academy and has also pointed out that signing King would more than likely hamper Charlie Cresswell’s progress at Elland Road.

“It bodes well for the future if they’re looking to add to the foundations,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

You have to strengthen the squad and the starting line-up to stay in the Premier League. Beyond that, it’s disappointing they’re not producing players themselves and they’re paying over the odds for young players that other academies are producing.

Leeds’ academy should be producing those types of players but for the future of the club, it’s good. But you have to look internally and ask, ‘why aren’t they producing these kinds of players?’.

Cresswell is there, who is on a similar kind of level [as King] and he’s out on loan at Millwall. If you bring in a centre-half from Rangers, that would stunt his opportunities in the first team.

You’ve got to promote from within and wonder why Leeds aren’t producing their own quality players.

Players like that are not going to come into the first team, they’re not going to hit the ground running, they’re not going to impact this season and Leeds’ aim is the stay in the Premier League.

If there’s money to buy players in January, the first thing they have to do is ensure Premier League safety.”

King has played 11 times in all competitions for Rangers this season.

He came off the bench in his side’s 7-1 Champions League defeat to Liverpool at Ibrox on Wednesday.

It was 1-1 when King was substituted in to replace the injured Connor Goldson.

Speaking about King, Romano said: “I am told that Premier League and European clubs are pushing to sign him because he is out of contract in 2024 with Rangers.

“At the moment the situation is absolutely open with his contract. Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester United have sent their scouts to follow this boy with Rangers. Leon King, one to watch.”

In other Leeds United news, Adam Forshaw has shared how Marsch tore into one player in front of everyone at traning.