By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

15th Nov, 2019 | 11:50am

Exclusive: Paul Robinson on the problem Leeds face with Casilla replacements

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Paul Robinson has said that he thinks Leeds goalkeepers Kamil Miazek and Illan Meslier are on “an even keel” behind Kiko Casilla but both will have suffered from having no first-team game time. 

Both Miazek and Meslier have made the bench in the Championship this season – Miazek for seven of the 16 games and Meslier for the remainder. Meslier has been on the bench for the last two home games.

Neither player has made his senior debut, though, and number one keeper Casilla is facing a charge of racist abuse from the FA. He currently has until November 27 to respond and could face a minimum six-game ban if found guilty.

If that happens before the transfer window opens, Leeds will have to play one of Meslier or Miazek and neither have had any first-team experience, with Casilla playing both EFL Cup games this season.

Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “Bielsa’s philosophy has been that he plays Kiko [Casilla] in the cup matches as well so he plays all the games, and that’s difficult when you’re the second or third choice goalkeeper because you’re not getting game time.

“Without the reserve league now, with the under-23 league, they’re not glamorous fixtures if you like because most the games are at the training ground.

“It’s very, very hard as a second or third choice goalkeeper if you’re not given cup matches.

“I think Bielsa probably sees both of them (Meslier and Miazek) on an even keel. He keeps swapping them now and as I say, it’s hard as a number two and three to get any time of quality game time.

“Nowadays teams will travel with two or three goalkeepers just in case anything happens on the night before or in a warm-up to your first choice.

“Believe me, as a number three goalkeeper to travel all the way the night before, to get all your kit on a matchday, to go out on the pitch to train and then all the lads go out, you get a shower and go and sit in the stand, it’s not a good place to be as professional. That’s probably why he’s swapping them both in and out.”

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