Former Leeds United goalkeeper Paul Robinson has been left excited over a possible swoop for Liverpool forward Takumi Minamino.
The Lowdown: Leeds linked with Minamino
The Athletic claimed that the Reds have given the green light for Minamino’s agent “to hold talks with suitors about a potential move”, name-checking Leeds as a club who have contacted the forward’s representatives.
The Latest: Robinson praise for Minamino
He said that signing Minamino would be ‘like having two players in one’ and backed the Japan international to play as an ‘out-and-out number nine’ when required.
“I like Minamino and he fits the bill of a player who can play when Patrick Bamford doesn’t and he’s also a player who can play wide.
“The difficulty of signing a back-up striker for Bamford is that he doesn’t play at any other time.
“But with a player like Minamino, he can go out wide. It’s like having two players in one.
“He can play behind the striker, he can go in the wide areas and when Patrick’s not fit, he can play as the out-and-out number nine.
“The likelihood of getting a full season out of Patrick is slim so he’s the type of player Leeds need to be looking for.”
The Verdict: Perfect target?
Minamino made 24 appearances in all competitions last term, playing as a centre-forward, attacking midfielder and on the wing, scoring 10 times and providing one assist. That is a very impressive record considering that he only made nine starts under Jurgen Klopp, averaging a goal for every 100.8 minutes on the pitch.
Leeds could do with attacking reinforcements over the coming months, and as Robinson mentioned, Minamino could fit the bill at Elland Road due to his versatility.
He has 40 games of Premier League experience under his belt, so now could be the perfect time to reunite with Marsch and become a regular under the American once again.
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