By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

9th Jan, 2020 | 7:17am

Doesn't deserve to lose his place – Exclusive: Robinson says Bielsa must make big call v Sheff W

We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United…

Paul Robinson has said that Kiko Casilla must be put straight back into the Leeds starting XI, despite a standout performance from Illan Meslier. 

Meslier made his senior debut against Arsenal in the FA Cup on Monday and with a potential ban looming for Casilla, there have been calls in some quarters for Meslier to keep the gloves.

However, Robinson is adamant that Casilla is a “key part of the Bielsa system” and that he must come back into the side to play Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “Casilla has been hugely improved this season and he’s adapted to the Championship. He’s become a key part of the Bielsa system and he’s a really important player.”

Asked whether Meslier should stay in the side this Saturday, Robinson was unequivocal.

“Casilla goes back in. 100%. There’s no reason to play Meslier. Casilla has been very good this season and he doesn’t deserve to lose his place.

“Meslier is the number two keeper. Hopefully, Casilla doesn’t get a ban and he can play for the rest of the season.”

The very best scenario for any club is to have two keepers that you’d be happy to start week-in, week-out.

The jury is obviously still out on Meslier despite a brilliant debut. He’s not had much senior game time, but if Casilla is banned in the upcoming FA hearing over racist abuse, Leeds can be confident in their back-up.

Leeds take on Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon.

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