By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

19th Aug, 2022 | 6:40pm

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Paul Robinson admits he’s never heard of Philadelphia Union’s Kai Wagner but firmly believes Leeds United need to add a new left-back before the transfer window closes.

Speaking on the latest episode of Qué Golazo on YouTube on Monday (15 August), Fabrizio Romano reported that Leeds are monitoring the 25-year-old German left-back but “nothing is advanced”.

Although Wagner isn’t German, he’s spent most of his professional career in the MLS with Brenden Aaronson’s former club Philadelphia, who are managed by Jesse Marsch’s close friend Jim Curtin [Philadelphia Inquirer].

Leeds’ American influence has clearly been growing since the San Fransisco 49ers increased their stake at Elland Road to 44 per cent last year.

And Robinson thinks that it may continue increasing but has warned that not many players have moved from the MLS to the Premier League and been a success.

“I’ve never seen the player and I’ve never heard his name,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

But again, it’s obviously a player who Jesse Marsch is aware of.

We’ve not seen many players from America succeed in the Premier League, although there have been a few.

Despite his concerns, Robinson is adamant that Leeds need a new left-back as he’s been so far unimpressed by Junior Firpo.

Robinson added: “Wagner’s a player I’m unaware of but you can’t go into a season relying on Junior Firpo.

He’s conceded too many chances, made too many mistakes and his injury record isn’t great either.

As long as they’re not buying for the sake of it, they need to add some quality. They need numbers but they need quality too.”

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