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 claimed that it’s impossible to speculate about bringing in a new keeper at Leeds until the current situation is sorted out.
Arsenal’s 27-year-old keeper has appeared on Leeds’ radar after Phil Hay claimed he was one of the names that’s been mentioned to him in terms of a move to Elland Road.
Martinez has been thrust into the spotlight after an injury to Bernd Leno in Arsenal’s first game back.
Meanwhile, at Leeds, Illan Meslier is currently the number one with Kiko Casilla banned after being found guilty of a charge of racist abuse.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “Martinez has got a little bit of Premier League experience, but if they’re going to look to reinforce in that area – they’ve got Meslier and I think he’s fantastic, a top keeper – Leeds need someone with consistency, stability and reliability. You don’t want to take a chance on someone who’s unproven.
“It also totally depends what the situation is at Leeds. You can’t speculate on the keepers at Leeds as you don’t know what’s going on.
“If Meslier plays then Casilla is likely to be unhappy and then you could be looking for two keepers. The Arsenal lad could come in as one of those two.
“If Kiko plays and Meslier is no.2 then you just need some depth as the number three. All Premier League sides have three strong keepers.
“It all depends on who the number one is and whether Leeds are in the Premier League or not. We might not see any movement until the first game of the season.”
Martinez will likely play out the rest of the season for Arsenal after Leno’s injury.
That will give Leeds fans the chance to see him in action, although behind a backline nowhere near as reliable as Leeds’.
Robinson makes a good point about the keeper situation at Leeds, though, which is still very much up in the air.
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