Exclusive: Paul Robinson surprised by Phil Hay transfer update, thinks Leeds taking 'big risk'

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 was left stunned by the news that Leeds are set to drop interest in an experienced goalkeeper as back-up in case Kiko Casilla gets banned. 

Athletic journalist Phil Hay reported that Leeds were left hugely impressed with the performance of Illan Meslier against Arsenal, and are now looking to bring in 18-year-old Elia Caprile for the Under-23s instead.

Robinson believes this is a mistake that would represent a ‘big risk’ for Leeds in a season which represents the club’s best chance to get promoted.

Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson was unaware of the change of tack from Leeds.

“Where did you hear that?” Robinson asked in disbelief after we stated the Hay news.

Told it was Phil Hay Robinson said, “Well, It will be interesting to see what they do. Meslier is a good keeper, I’ve seen him play a few times, he’s good with his feet and he had a very good game the other night.

“But I think it’s next to impossible to make a judgement based on one game. If Kiko is out for any length of time it would be a huge blow for Leeds.

“Relying on Meslier would be a big risk and a risk that Leeds can’t afford to take. We’ve got a nine-point gap, the very best opportunity to go up in years and I don’t think Leeds should be taking any chances when they can afford not to.”

This is an interesting perspective from a former England goalkeeper and huge Leeds fan.

Most supporters have been carried away with the display of Meslier but it’s one thing putting in one brilliant display and another doing this week-in, week-out in the Championship.

The very best outcome would be for Casilla not to get banned and the FA are showing no sign of moving the hearing on.

The last thing Leeds need is for it to drag on towards the run-in at the end of the season. That’s when Leeds will need all the experience they can get to get over the line.

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