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 believes young academy players at Leeds United will be “disgruntled” by news that the club is eyeing more recruits from elsewhere.
Leeds’ academy has always been seen as one of the best in the country but most of the players to make the step up from the youth teams to the senior side in recent years have been signed from elsewhere.
While Joe Gelhardt, Cody Drameh, Crysencio Summerville, Sam Greenwood, Lewis Bate and Pascal Struijk have all been promoted to the senior side in the last year, none of them were developed at Leeds’ academy.
There are some who have like Charlie Cresswell and Archie Gray but Robinson feels that young lads who’ve been at Leeds for a long time are having their route to the Under-21s and senior squad blocked by signings from elsewhere.
Leeds didn’t stop in the summer, signing Darko Gyabi and Sonny Perkins while The Sun reported last week (17 September) that the Whites are trying to land Linfield’s Northern Ireland Under-16s ace Cole Brannigan.
Robinson is happy to see that Leeds can attract top-quality youngsters but he’s concerned about those who’ve been there for some time.
“Leeds are signing a lot of quality young players,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.
“But then you question where the academy has been for the last five or 10 years because you’d expect a club of Leeds’ size and stature to be producing these players and not then having to go and spend money on other club’s academy players.
“Leeds are supposed to have a Category 1 academy and those players in the Leeds academy will be a little bit disgruntled that they get to a certain level and then the club goes and buys what they consider better players.
“Leeds’ own academy should be producing those players but it’s a bright future for the club if they’re looking for these players.”
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