Paul Robinson recommended Tom Heaton to Leeds United this week and the club should put his suggestion into action.

Illan Meslier bounced back from his poor Arsenal performance well on Friday with five saves, per SofaScore.

He was very unlucky not to earn a clean sheet after Adama Traore’s strike hit his back and rolled into the goal.

The 20-year-old has faced criticism at times this year but overall it has been an excellent debut season in the Premier League.

His total of 91 saves ranks third highest in the league, while he has also completed the second most short passes, with 461 behind Bernd Leno’s 491 (WhoScored).

Nevertheless, we could still do with reinforcements in the keeping department, and Heaton is an appealing option.

Robinson has described the former England international as “one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League”.

He would arguably be featuring regularly for Aston Villa if he did not tear his anterior cruciate ligament last season.

Unlike current back-up Kiko Casilla, Heaton rarely makes mistakes and is a trusty pair of hands.

He knows what it takes to perform at Premier League and international level also, so would have a positive influence on Meslier.

Heaton would show the Frenchman guidance if he is down after an error and could also instruct him on how to improve his areas of weakness.

The 34-year-old has been there and done it.

He currently earns £42,000 a week at Villa Park but since he has not played a first-team game since January 2020 we may be able to lure him to Leeds on a cut-price deal.

We trust Robinson’s judgement since he played at the very top and also played for the Whites, so has our best interests at heart.

Casilla is clearly not cut-out for the top-flight – his performance against Crawley proved that – so it is time for a change.

Heaton would have a point to prove after so long out so he should deliver on the pitch too if he were to sign.

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