Exclusive: Paul Robinson delivers verdict on Leeds stand-in keeper Meslier
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Paul Robinson has claimed that Leeds number two keeper Illan Meslier doesn’t have a lot of experience and that he was signed in the knowledge that Kiko Casilla would play week-in, week-out.
The 19-year-old keeper was signed on loan from FC Lorient in the summer and he’s yet to make his senior debut for the club.
However, Casilla has been charged by the FA with racially abusing Charlton Athletic’s Jonathan Leko in the game on September 28.
It would be a minimum six-game ban if he was found guilty but Casilla has denied the charges and requested a personal hearing.
A report in the Daily Mail claimed that Casilla could be set for a ban of between 8-12 games and that could thrust Meslier into the spotlight sooner than he expected.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “Meslier hasn’t played a lot of football, he is a young lad, he’s got a lot of potential, but he’s not really played much football.”
“Meslier coming in was a big sign for me. It was a big nod of confidence in Casilla’s direction. I always used to like it as a player when I knew that my number two was capable of taking my job because I probably needed someone behind me to push me, but people react differently.
“I think it was a big nod to Casilla that Leeds didn’t go and sign somebody who could potentially threaten him on a weekly basis. With Kiko being there, he is clearly the number one.”
Casilla has played every single game for Leeds this season, including the two EFL Cup games.
Meslier has been restricted to sitting on the bench and playing for the Leeds Under-23s.
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