'Wake-up call' – Exclusive: Pundit claims £5m Leeds man a scapegoat for real issues
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Paul Robinson has said that Illan Meslier isn’t to blame for two heavy Leeds United defeats but said that shipping eight goals in two games is a “wake-up call” for Marcelo Bielsa’s men.
Leeds lost 4-1 to both Leicester and Crystal Palace ahead of the international break and have conceded 17 goals – the joint-most in the Premier League, along with West Brom.
Meslier – who signed on a permanent deal for £5m this summer – was criticised by many fans after letting in an own goal on his near post against Palace after a cross was deflected by Helder Costa.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “Kalvin Phillips hasn’t played for two games and Leeds have conceded eight goals. That’s no coincidence but they need to tighten up at the back.
“They’re playing Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton in the next three games. This could be a really tough time for Leeds.
“You can’t blame Illan Meslier for the last two games, though, I don’t think he did too much wrong.
“That Costa own goal was a freak. He could potentially have done better but he was reading the cross coming across.
“You’re scratching around if you’re looking to blame the keeper for a defeat like that.
“But conceding eight against Leicester and Palace… no disrespect to them, but they’re not Man City or Liverpool. You’re not playing Barca or Real Madrid.
“Leeds have conceded the most goals of any team in the Premier League. They’ve conceded 17 goals, that’s too many. If they want to stay in the Premier League that needs to change.
“This is a wake-up call for Leeds and they’re going to have to learn. They can’t keep shipping goals and in three or four months’ time, they can’t afford to be the side that’s conceded the most goals in the division.”
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