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Paul Robinson believes that Leeds United need to sign an older, experienced goalkeeper in the summer, instead of a “top, top player” like Sam Johnstone.
Leeds have been linked with a move for Johnstone, with speculation ongoing about Kiko Casilla leaving the club.
Robinson thinks that Johnstone will definitely leave West Brom if they’re relegated.
The Baggies are currently 10 points off safety with nine games remaining and look almost certain to go straight back down.
Johnstone has been one of their shining lights in a miserable season.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “Sam Johnstone is a top, top player and if West Brom go down he will definitely leave for a Premier League club.
“It just depends where he goes. Wherever it is he’s going to want to be first choice and that could be tricky at Leeds.
“Meslier has had indifferent games but he’s been growing and growing in stature and he’s the number one.
“Whether Leeds look to bring in another number one or an experienced number two – I think they’re probably looking for the latter.
“I don’t think Leeds will be in the market for Johnstone unless they’re going for a new number one. And I really think they’ll be looking for an older, more experienced head, rather than splashing out a lot of money on a top goalkeeper like Johnstone.
“I’d like to see them sign Tom Heaton.”
Meslier was included in the Telegraph’s top 30 young players in Europe, sitting alongside players like Erling Haaland.
His star is rising quickly and he was linked with a move to PSG in recent days.
He’s the undisputed Leeds number one and only cost the club £5m, which represents a significant bargain for the club.
However, given that, a summer move for Johnstone does seem unlikely.
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