By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

24th Sep, 2022 | 2:10pm

Sky Sports pundit reacts to 'surprise' Alfie McCalmont development at Leeds United

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 doubts Alfie McCalmont made the 25-man Leeds United squad because he’ll be playing a role for Jesse Marsch in the Premier League this season.

As reported by LeedsLive on 14 September, 22-year-old McCalmont was a “surprise” inclusion in the squad after he failed to secure a loan move away from Elland Road in the summer transfer window.

The versatile Northern Ireland midfielder, who’s played at left-back for the Under-21s this season, was linked with a move away in the summer with Phil Hay saying on 30 August that the Whites were willing to let him go if the right offer was made.

McCalmont spent last season on loan with Morecambe in League One but found himself no more than a fringe player for them, starting only 18 times in League One.

Robinson doesn’t believe Marsch has plans for McCalmont and that he’s simply made the 25-man squad because there was an extra space going.

“Honestly, I think it’s because he hasn’t got anybody else,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News when asked why he thinks McCalmont made the squad.

“If you look at the squad depth he’s got and the number of players he’s got at his disposal, Marsch isn’t blessed with an abundance of talent.

“I think it’s a case of numbers rather than the ability he’s shown in all honesty.

If you look at who’s being left out of that 25, even the kitchen ladies probably could have been included, to be honest.”

McCalmont, who’s been capped four times by Northern Ireland, has only played twice for Leeds’ first team with his last appearance for the Whites coming in a Carabao Cup defeat to Stoke City in August 2019.

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