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Paul Robinson has said that Illan Meslier had his “worst game in a Leeds shirt” against Arsenal.
Meslier gave away a penalty and was beaten on his near post in the 4-2 defeat last Sunday.
Robinson added that everyone’s allowed a bad game and called for a reaction in the match against Wolves on Friday night.
However, he has urged Leeds to sign an experienced Premier League keeper in the summer for added competition and feels the back-up isn’t good enough at the moment.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “It wasn’t just the mistake he made, it was his worst game in a Leeds shirt.
“He’s had a really good season and done really well overall but this is a big test for him now.
“It’s always easier to come in and perform over a shorter period of time, doing it over the long term is the true test of a player and we’re yet to find that out with Meslier.
“We’re yet to see if he can do that. I worry if he has a difficult period, what does the back-up situation look like?
“It’s not that good. Leeds only have Kiko Casilla. I was saying in the last transfer window that Leeds needed a new, more experienced back-up at the club.
“I still believe that and feel it has to be a priority in the summer. It’s not to sign someone to come in and replace him but for competition.
“Most top Premier League clubs have two top goalkeepers and I don’t believe Leeds do.”
Kiko Casilla is the only senior back-up at the club and is still playing under a cloud after being banned for racist abuse last season.
However, he put in a good performance for the Under-23s on Monday as Leeds won 3-0, making more than one crucial save.
After Casilla, all Leeds have is the young Under-23s keeper, Elia Caprile.
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