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Paul Robinson has blasted Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla and claims that the Whites should be in the hunt for a new, experienced shot-stopper to add to their squad.
Earlier this week, Leeds saw reported goalkeeper target Emiliano Martinez leave Arsenal to join Premier League rivals Aston Villa for £17million.
The Daily Mail reported when Martinez, 28, was on the verge of completing his move that Leeds had also been targeting the Argentinean goalkeeper.
Ex-Leeds shot-stopper Robinson is not too concerned about missing out on the new Aston Villa man but does feel that Marcelo Bielsa could do with an experienced head to add to his options in between the sticks due to Illan Meslier’s lack of experience and Casilla’s poor form.
“It’s a lot of money. Villa are looking for a number one or two and they obviously need somebody to replace Tom Heaton at the moment and also someone who’s able to compete with Heaton,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.
“Leeds wouldn’t have been looking at replace Meslier or Kiko, they just need to reinforce that area with an experienced character who knows the Premier League. A steady, reliable goalkeeper.
“Meslier’s still young. It’s his first season in the Premier League and his first season starting as number one.
“With Kiko, you don’t know whether he’s going to be staying. His form is unpredictable and unreliable.
“When you look at that combination, you need a third goalkeeper that can be reliable, steady and exude calmness through the team rather than worry them about a second or third choice goalkeeper coming in.”
Casilla has never played in the Premier League but Bielsa must view the 33-year-old ex-Real Madrid goalkeeper as his experienced option in goals.
However, you can see Robinson’s point because the Spaniard was dreadful at times last season and him being hit with a ban for racism should’ve been the end of his spell at Elland Road.
Bielsa handed Casilla the captain’s armband as Leeds lost to Hull on penalties in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night which suggests he’s set to stay on at the club.
We’re not fans of that decision. Even if Casilla can’t be sold, he shouldn’t be playing – let alone being made captain.
In other Leeds United news, Bielsa and Orta are at odds over two transfer targets.