By David Woods

4th Feb, 2020 | 8:00am

Exclusive: Paul Robinson claims footballing giant could drive 'top quality' players to Leeds

We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United…

Paul Robinson has hailed the relationship between Leeds and Man City and claimed the Premier League giants could drive more top-quality players to Elland Road. 

Pep Guardiola has called Marcelo Bielsa “the greatest coach in the world” and the two obviously have a very good relationship.

That’s seen Jack Harrison stay on loan for his second season with the club and Leeds have an option to make his move permanent in the summer.

Leeds signed winger Ian Poveda from Man City on a free transfer in January despite competition from Serie A side Torino among others.

Victor Orta hailed Txiki Begiristain (Manchester City’s director of football) as being highly instrumental in getting the player to Leeds and said he was a “friend”.

Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “Leeds obviously have a great relationship with Man City and Pep Guardiola.

“That’s a very good relationship to have and you’re obviously going to get top quality players driven through from Man City. It’s only going to benefit Leeds.

“Poveda is going to be a player of the future for Leeds, he’s a really big talent.

“I don’t think it’s a surprise that he hasn’t been used yet. Bielsa brought [Tyler] Roberts on against Wigan and he obviously thought he was going to be the player to make an impact.

“I like the age of the players that Leeds are signing too – Poveda is only 19, Augustin is 22. Bielsa isn’t just looking for short term fixes but players that will benefit Leeds for years to come.”

Both Poveda and new striker signing Jean-Kevin Augustin got their first taste of action for the Leeds Under-23 side on Monday.

Augustin played the first half and Poveda came on for the second 45.

Neither scored but Poveda looked the sharpest of the two players, with Augustin labouring up front in the first half.

That suggests he has a way to go before playing for the first team, which means Patrick Bamford is highly likely to start again against his former side Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

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