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Paul Robinson has said that Kevin Keegan’s criticism of Leeds is “extremely harsh” after the former manager said they were just a “poor man’s Newcastle”.
Keegan made the comments to The Athletic, saying, “If you look at it now, Leeds are a poor man’s Newcastle.
“They play like we did, but they’re not as good as we were. Leeds are halfway down the table and their coach is one of the best in the world! If I was in charge of Leeds, I would get battered because they’d say defensively I haven’t got a clue! They concede too many goals!”
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “I think it’s very harsh, I think Leeds have been excellent this season.
“It’s harsh to criticise a team that’s just come up from the Championship and suffered from injuries like Leeds have.
“A lot is being made of Liverpool and their injuries at the back but Leeds could rival them for key players injured in that position.
“Bar Raphinha, 80% of the starting XI in the last couple of weeks has been the Championship side, which is an amazing achievement. Look at West Brom.
“But with results come expectations and people are starting to talk about Leeds getting into Europe. That’s expecting us to run before we can walk.
“But that’s what Leeds have to put up with, that’s what you get for being successful.
“They’re going to have to shore things up at the back in the summer. They need a goalie, a centre-back/defensive mid and a left-back.”
Leeds’ injury woes could be easing with Diego Llorente back on the bench for the game against Wolves on Friday night.
He didn’t get on the pitch but will be in contention to start against Southampton on Tuesday.
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