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Paul Robinson has said that paying £5m for 20-year-old goalkeeper Illan Meslier represents a “great deal” for Leeds. 

According to the Mirror, Leeds are ready to activate their £5m option for the youngster, who has kept a clean sheet in his only two Championship games to date.

He’s taken the gloves for Leeds after Kiko Casilla was banned for eight games for racism and Robinson believes he will keep improving as a player.

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Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “£5m for Meslier is a great deal for Leeds. Meslier has proved his worth without really setting the world on fire yet.

“He’s kept his clean sheets but he’s looked a bit nervy at times.

“Kiko is out for a while and there has to be some contingency plan behind him because his form has been sketchy.

“Whether Leeds are in the Championship or the Premier League they need a solid keeper in addition to Kiko and the way Meslier has taken the baton it’s his shirt to lose.

“It’s not a lot of money for a young keeper and he will get better, he’ll improve.

“It’s actually an investment because Leeds will easily get their money back and more if they sold him on.”

Meslier impressed on his debut for Leeds, in the FA Cup clash against Arsenal in January.

His distribution in that game was incredible as he completed 100% of his long and short passes.

He’s now started the last two Championship games, helping keep the Leeds’ run going that’s now up to five straight wins without conceding.

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