Rangers centre-back Leon King should not consider making a move to an English Premier League side at this stage of his career, according to former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson.
The 18-year-old has been linked with Manchester United, Newcastle and Leeds over the past week but Robinson feels the defender would be better off gaining more experience with the Light Blues:
“For the player, it would be best to stay at Rangers. You have to question whether it would be wise to come into the Premier League at 18 years old. Would he be involved in the first team? He would probably play in the under-23s or be loaned out. He would be far better off playing for a top quality team like Rangers week in, week out.”
“You will learn more quickly that way. It is better for the player and better for the club. The club will be able to sell you for more in a few years when you have 50 games behind you. Premier League clubs try to sign these young players on the cheap. They try to sign them before they develop into top players.”
King has previously rejected approaches from down south. He opted to remain at Ibrox and sign his first professional contract back in 2020, so he is clearly committed to the cause.
As Robinson says, there are very sensible reasons for staying in Glasgow. With the injuries picked up by the likes of Connor Goldson, John Souttar and Filip Helander, it appears King will get regular game time over the next few weeks, which will aid his development. That is far more beneficial than spending his time in the youth setup at an English club.