Whelan: Leeds may be about to sign the next Andy Robertson as hunt for 'gem' reported
Leeds United would be “silly” not to pursue a £1.5million move for Hibernian defender Josh Doig this summer.
That is according to former Leeds striker Noel Whelan who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 18-year-old could be the next Andy Robertson.
As reported by the Scottish Sun, the Whites are joined by Leicester, Manchester City and Arsenal in pursuit of the £1.5million-rated teenager.
Doig has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign with Hibs this season, with 28 first-team appearances under his belt.
A versatile full-back who can also play further up the left flank, the youngster’s contract at Easter Road is set to run until 2025.
Whelan suggested Doig’s potential and bargain price tag means Leeds would be daft not to pursue a summer raid.
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“There are good left-backs up in Scotland, there really are,” Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.
“You don’t have to look abroad all the time to find that gem. Sometimes they’re right underneath your nose and not too far away in Scotland. There have been some fantastic left-backs, you look at Robertson at Liverpool.
“An absolutely fantastic player, he’s been a great servant for them coming from Scotland to Hull and then to Liverpool. He’s now one of the best left-backs in the Premier League so you don’t have to look too far.
“This is where the scouting setup comes into play. You’ve got to not just look abroad, you’ve got to broaden your horizons and see there might be something closer to home. They might actually be better and a better price as well because that’s important.
“We can’t be priced out of moves and £1.5million for an 18-year-old who’s flying high in the Scottish Premiership?
“With other clubs looking at him, you’d be silly not to pursue it. Look at it a little bit further and watch him continuously between now and the end of the season.”