Sky Sports pundit struggles to trust Leeds United 'journeyman' Joel Robles amid Illan Meslier worry
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Paul Robinson wouldn’t trust Joel Robles to play for an extended period of time if first-choice Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier suffered an injury setback.
Robles, 32, joined the Whites from Real Betis in the summer transfer window to add depth to Jesse Marsch’s goalkeeping options.
The former Everton and Atletico Madrid shot-stopper has only played once for United since his arrival, which was in the 1-0 defeat to Wolves in the Carabao Cup.
Robinson thinks Robles is good enough to play on the odd occasion if Meslier has a short-term setback but the Spaniard isn’t deemed as being good enough to be a long-term number two option.
“They’ve got Robles. He’s a decent, experienced number two but they do lack strength in depth,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.
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“Robles is a very good number two but he’s a bit of a journeyman.
“If Illan got injured during a game, you wouldn’t have a problem with Robles playing for a match or two.
“But if Illan was to ever miss five to 10 games, you’d question if you could trust him for that length of time.”
Leeds also have Norwegian goalkeeper Kristoffer Klaesson on their books and the 21-year-old seems to be Marsch’s second-choice over Robles.
Klaesson has been on the bench 11 times in the Premier League this season compared to Robles’ three appearances as a sub.
Robles played in goals in the 2-1 friendly win over Elche on Thursday (8 December) as Meslier and Klaesson were both ill.
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