Leeds tipped to sign defender that Pablo Hernandez annihilated

Pablo Hernandez

Leeds United’s return to the Premier League is incredibly exciting.

Already we’ve seen players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani mentioned in the same breath as the Whites with fanfare seemingly growing all the time.

This isn’t a normal club, it’s one with a lure, one that’s even greater now that Marcelo Bielsa is at the helm.

It might be unlikely that the aforementioned duo arrive at Elland Road, but seeing where Leeds spend their cash in the coming weeks is interesting.

We’ve already seen Joe Gelhardt and Illan Meslier snapped up, while Jack Harrison has signed yet another loan deal with the Whites.

Besides that, nothing looks to be too close. Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma have been linked, as too have players like Michy Batshuayi and Nahitan Nandez – two players plying their trade in a top-five European league. 

That being said, much of what Leeds do could be down to the domestic market.

Marcelo Bielsa

It’s been mentioned how Leeds will target those in the lower leagues and once more, it’s a name in the EFL that’s being touted with a switch.

The latest player to be rumoured is Wigan left-back Antonee Robinson. 

The defender nearly signed for AC Milan last January before a move fell through, and with the Latics now in League One after entering administration, Robinson could leave.

Wigan have already agreed a £2m deal with Sheffield United but Everton and Fulham have entered the race at the 11th hour.

However, speaking to Football Insider, Noel Whelan insisted that he’d be ideal for Leeds, tipping the club to move for him.

He commented: 

“I’m surprised more people aren’t looking at him, I would love him at Leeds, if we’re going to get rid of someone like Barry Douglas I’d like Bielsa to take someone like him on, definitely.”

“For £2million, it’s nothing. When you look at it, ready-made, established, left wing-back players, you don’t get too many better than that for that price, at that age who are only going to get better. I would snap their hands off straight away for a player like that.”

Antonee Robinson vs Boro

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At the age of 23, Robinson has a lot of room to grow but the fact he’s been linked with the Premier League shows just how highly rated he is.

The very fact he nearly ended up playing at the San Siro on a regular basis is a testament to how far he’s come too. 

Strong in the challenge, winning 2.2 tackles per match, he’s more of a defensive wing-back than he is attacking – Robinson scored just once and created a solitary goal throughout the 2019/20 campaign. 

Antonee Robinson vs France

What’s also important to remember is the way he was torn apart by Pablo Hernandez in August 2019. 

The player has come on leaps and bounds since but the Leeds star ran him ragged on that day, amassing five shots, five dribbles and one key pass.

That proves that Robinson still has a little bit more work to do when taking on the more technically gifted players.

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