Former Swansea team-mate says Leeds flop Andy Robinson could have been Premier League star

Lee Trundle has spoken in glowing terms of Andy Robinson today.

Earlier this week, a cult hero of the Football League and Swansea City retired from football. Andy Robinson, who last played at Shrewsbury Town announced his retirement because of a long-standing knee problem at the age of 35 - having been released by the Shropshire side.

Robinson is of course best known for his stint at Swansea. He helped the side climb up the divisions into the Championship in over 200 appearances for the Swans. He even scored the last ever goal at Vetch Field.

He is less well remembered at what was his next club, Leeds United.

He left Swansea for Leeds in 2008 on a free transfer, but never really made the grade at Elland Road in his two-and-a-half year stint. Now, another former Swansea hero has spoken about that.

Lee Trundle, who became an icon at Swansea during his four years at the club, also played for Leeds during a 2009 loan spell from Bristol City, and said of Robinson in his column for the South Wales Evening Post:

"Robbo was a key figure in the League One title-winning campaign of 2008 before opting to move to Leeds when his contract expired...

"As it happened, perhaps things didn't work out as he would have liked, but at the time it was the right option for him.

"Had Robbo stayed with Swansea I'm sure he could not only have shone in the Championship but also the top flight.

"At Leeds, Robbo was signed by Gary McAllister before the former Scotland international was sacked just six months later.

"Simon Grayson then came in and Robbo didn't play as much.

"They also had players like Bradley Johnson and Robert Snodgrass in his position, people who would go on to impress at the highest level."

Robinson's legacy at Leeds is not vintage. He spent much of his time injured and below the likes of Johnson, Snodgrass, Max Gradel and others in the pecking order. In the end his deal was cut short by mutual consent in December of 2010 with Robinson making little to no lasting impression.

If he had stayed at Swansea he might just have been another Leon Britton, who has gone on to be a star and club legend. But hindsight is a grand thing and, given his injury woe, it is likely he may have never made that step anyway.

Some Swansea fans have never really gotten over his exit, but in retirement they must not forget how important he was to their rise up the football ladder.

As for Leeds fans, they don't have much to forget about Robinson's time at Elland Road.

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