By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

30th Jun, 2022 | 11:40am

Sky Sports pundit shares 'unbelievable' view as Leeds United hunt down Romeo Lavia

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Paul Robinson doesn’t want Leeds United to raid Manchester City’s Under-23s to sign a replacement for Kalvin Phillips, who’s headed for a move to the Etihad.

Sky Sports reported on 25 June that Leeds and Man City have agreed a fee for Phillips, 26, to head to the Etihad Stadium this summer.

The Athletic claimed on 16 June, prior to that agreement, that Belgian teenager Romeo Lavia is a player at Man City who the Whites would be interested in signing.

However, Robinson doesn’t want to see investment at youth level and instead wants the Yorkshire giants to move their cash towards signing tried and tested Premier League players to replace the likes of Phillips and Chelsea-bound Raphinha.

“It’s difficult to tap into Man City’s Under-23s because they’re untried and unproven at that level,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

They’d be taking a risk. Leeds need players who are ready to hit the ground running.

Yes, Man City have an unbelievable Under-23s side and a great academy. They’ve also got a squad of loan players that did well last season.

But to lose Kalvin Phillips and take a risk on a younger player… Look at Jack Harrison, if it’s a player of that quality then yes. But they can’t risk losing Phillips and not replacing him like-for-like.

There’ll be two huge holes in the side if Phillips and Raphinha leave.

They struggled to stay in the Premier League last season and if they’re signing an Under-23s player from Man City for their first-team, they’re taking a chance.

You can’t take chances on Premier League survival.”

Lavia, 18, is a defensive midfielder who’s been a regular for Man City’s Under-23s.

He’s been capped once by Belgium’s Under-23s and has also made two appearances for Pep Guardiola’s senior side.

Both of them came last season in the FA Cup and EFL Cup.

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