Robinson urges Leeds to sign Tom Heaton
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Paul Robinson has urged Leeds to sign Aston Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton as competition for Illan Meslier.
Leeds currently only have two senior keepers in Meslier and Kiko Casilla.
Robinson doesn’t think Casilla is good enough and wants to see another Premier League-level keeper come in and challenge for the gloves.
34-year-old Heaton suffered a cruciate ligament injury last season and has lost his place to Emiliano Martinez, who has been brilliant for them.
Heaton – on a reported £42k-a-week at Villa – has been restricted to Premier League 2 appearances this season.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “I’d love to see them go and sign Tom Heaton in the summer. I think he would be a great signing for Leeds.
“He’s back from injury and one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League in my opinion.
“He’s going to really struggle to get back in the Aston Villa side the way Martinez is playing. That’s something he’s not going to be happy with at his age, he’ll want to be playing.
“I think there’s an opportunity for him to come to Leeds. It would be a great move for both parties.
“If Meslier plays well between now and the end of the season, he’d keep the gloves but Heaton would provide really strong competition.
“You saw Luke Ayling’s reaction to the first Aubameyang goal last Sunday. He just didn’t look at all comfortable all game.
“You’re allowed one bad game, so it’s unfair to be too critical, but he needs a reaction against Wolves. And he needs better competition and back-up at Leeds.”
Kiko Casilla is the only senior back-up at Leeds and has a very poor standing among some fans after his ban for racist abuse last season. He also had a really poor game in the FA Cup match against Crawley.
He’s played one Premier League game this season, the 1-0 loss to Brighton, but he wasn’t at fault for the goal then.
He also had a good game for the Under-23s on Monday.
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