Marc Roca wowed by Joel Robles despite what's happened at Leeds United since summer transfer
Marc Roca has been wowed by goalkeeper Joel Robles since his summer arrival at Leeds United and has brandished him as an “incredible teacher”.
The 32-year-old has been in the Whites’ last two matchday squads but hasn’t featured for Jesse Marsch’s side since his move to Elland Road.
Nevertheless, Roca feels the 32-year-old has had a very positive impact on the group and is contributing as much as he can at present.
“He is here with us, he is contributing everything he can. He is very happy to be with this group, as a Spaniard for me, the transition has been very, very easy with players like Joel at the club.”
The importance of having good characters in and around a squad often goes under the radar for many fans. There is often a focus on the eleven players on the pitch and rightfully so, but how those players perform can often be down to what is happening behind the scenes. It’s good to see Robles taking to his role at the club and not unhappy with his lack of game time.
Robles has plenty of experience having previously played for Athletico Madrid, Wigan Athletic and Everton in his career and for players such as Roca, who have never played in England before, his presence must be extremely helpful. Furthermore, if the Spaniard is called upon there should be confidence around the club that he will be able to deputise for Illan Meslier.
Marsch could be inclined to add another experienced head to his ranks in January, with a number of the players he signed in the summer window all in their early 20s and still learning the game.
In other Leeds United news, an “official farewell” has been announced at a European club for a player who’s signed for the Whites.