Michael Brown has questioned whether Illan Meslier is brave enough to ask Marcelo Bielsa for a spot in the Leeds United starting line-up.
Kiko Casilla has been responsible for some terrible mistakes that have led to goals this season with his latest one coming on Tuesday night in the 1-1 draw against Brentford.
Leeds were by far the better team at Griffin Park and could have won that match if Casilla hadn’t gifted Said Benrahma with an easy goal in the first half.
EFL on Quest host Colin Murray and ex-Leeds player Brown have discussed whether Meslier is ready to be able to step up and replace 33-year-old Casilla in the Whites’ goal.
While Murray has doubts based on Meslier’s lack of experience, Brown has suggested that there could be too much pressure for him to want to take Casilla’s number-one spot.
“Meslier was brilliant against Arsenal – but he’s 19,” Murray said on EFL Quest on Wednesday night. “For a goalkeeper, that’s like being 12 as an outfield player.”
Brown replied: “He’ll be pushing because he will have had that taste of it and want to get involved but seeing the mistakes, is he brave enough to go and knock on Marcelo Bielsa’s door?”
Why wouldn’t Meslier want to start?
Yes, he has seen Casilla make mistake after mistake this season but that should only show to the youngster than even the most experienced goalkeepers are prone to clangers.
Meslier is only 19-years-old and has just one appearance for Leeds to his name when he impressed in the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup last month.
While a bad performance or two could ruin his chances of playing more in the future, there is not really any pressure on the French teenager as Casilla would hardly be a hard act to follow based on his form this season.
In other Leeds United news, Bielsa has suggested who is Leeds’ third-choice striker after Patrick Bamford and Jean-Kevin Augustin.