Leeds Exclusive: Bielsa told to sign 22-yr-old after Sky report £2m bid
Noel Whelan has urged Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa to launch a move to sign Antonee Robinson from Wigan Athletic this summer.
The former Leeds striker and boyhood fan of the Whites, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the 23-year-old could be a bargain signing for whoever snaps him up.
Sky Sports report that Wigan have accepted a £2million offer from Sheffield United for the left-back, with Everton and Fulham also said to be in pursuit.
However, Whelan admits he would “snap Wigan’s hands off” to get Robinson to Elland Road ahead of their Premier League return.
“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,” Whelan told Football Insider.
“For £2million, it’s nothing. Absolutely (a bargain), it just goes to show the trouble that Wigan are in right now and people are capitalising on it like we have already.
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“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.”
Marcelo Bielsa currently has Stuart Dallas, Ezgjan Alioski and Barry Douglas as his left-back options at Leeds.
The Northern Ireland international, who forged his career as a winger, has established himself as the Argentine manager’s first choice on the left-hand side.
In other Leeds United news, Alex Bruce has dropped a bombshell about the club’s hunt for Ben White.