Illan Meslier is the club’s number one goalkeeper according to Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth. 

Kiko Casilla started for Leeds in their first pre-season friendly against Stoke on Tuesday.

However, the veteran is set to be the number two for Leeds after suffering a lengthy ban for racism last season.

Meslier is on international duty this week but is expected to reclaim the gloves when he’s back ahead of the Premier League opener against Liverpool.

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Talking on the new episode of the All Stats Aren’t We podcast, Smyth was asked about Leeds bringing in a new keeper, namely Arsenal’s Emiliano Martinez.

“Number one is Illan Meslier,” said Smyth.

“The only way I see a keeper coming in is if Casilla goes. There was talk early on about a club in Spain taking him on and paying his wages, but that hasn’t happened yet and there’s nothing in terms of noise about him leaving.

“Are clubs over here going to take him? Probably not after what happened last season. It would probably have to be back to Spain.

“As it stands he’s the number two keeper for Leeds United.”

Athletic journalist Phil Hay also said that Leeds would consider offers for Casilla but that it would be hard to move him on.

A free transfer that looked like a very good deal at the time has now come back to bite Leeds who have a player on contract until 2023 on very high wages – reportedly £40k-a-week.

That’s a lot of money to pay for a goalkeeper to sit on the bench.

Casilla didn’t impress at all in the first pre-season friendly against Stoke on Tuesday.

The clip below shows the goalkeeper making a trademark flap at a high cross that led to a Stoke goal and plenty of criticism from Leeds fans.

They’ll be glad to hear that Meslier is number one but it’s a lot of pressure to have on the 20-year-old’s shoulders.

And it doesn’t look like Leeds are going to bring anyone else in now.

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