By Mark Smith

22nd Feb, 2020 | 11:30am

Sky Sports pundit claims it is 'perfectly' set up for Leeds 19-year-old to make C'Ship debut

David Prutton has claimed that it is set up perfectly for Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier to make his Championship debut.

The Sky Sports pundit admitted that there is an opening at Elland Road for anyone to prove to Marcelo Bielsa that they are the solid stopper he needs in between the sticks.

It was suggested that Meslier should concentrate on playing out from the back last and instead focus on keeping clean-sheets.

Prutton claimed the French youngster must concentrate on playing simple, and not making any mistakes if given the chance.

“So if Meslier is handed a chance that would be an opportunity to go and give Leeds what they want – a solid goalkeeper,” he wrote in his Yorkshire Evening Post column.

“It’s great if goalkeepers can play out from the back but Meslier should be looking at this situation as a potential opportunity to go and give Leeds a solid goalkeeper that is part of a solid backline and that doesn’t make mistakes.

“But it’s set up perfectly for him if he goes out there.”

There could well be an opportunity on the horizon for Meslier, with Kiko Casilla’s FA hearing over his racism charge currently ongoing.

The Spaniard is expected to feature against Reading on Saturday, but could then be found guilty and therefore banned for six or more Championship games which would hand Meslier that chance.

Phil Hay recently reported that although Leeds have seven players, including Eddie Nketiah and Kemar Roofe to speak of Casilla’s character, the fact that Charlton’s Jonathan Leko has Macauley Bonne as a witness means that he is likely to be found guilty.

Meslier proved he is capable of stepping into the Whites’ style in the FA Cup clash at Arsenal, but Prutton is right, stick to the basics.

In other Leeds United news, this BBC pundit has named his expected starting XI for the Reading clash including two players he expects more from