Former Leeds star claims £5m summer signing is a ‘formality’

Date published: Friday 20th March 2020 10:37

Former Leeds star Paul Robinson believes it’s a “formality” that the club will sign goalkeeper Illan Meslier on a permanent deal.

The 20-year-old has stepped up after regular No.1 Kiko Casilla was banned for eight games after being found guilty of racist abuse.

Meslier has kept two clean sheets and impressed across all three games he’s played, including the FA Cup loss to Arsenal back in January.

Leeds have an option to make his deal a permanent one for £5million in the summer and the Championship leaders are said to be in “advanced talks” with his parent club Lorient over triggering that move.

Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News , Robinson said: “I think with his age and stature that Meslier will grow and become a top goalkeeper at Leeds.

“His distribution is excellent although he’s not shown that in the first two games that he’s played.

“He’s not been tested either but he’s got the clean sheets, which will build his confidence up.

“You look at his clean sheets and his stature and there’s absolutely no reason why he can’t grow into the player that everyone at the club knows he can be.

“If that carries on until the end of the season then I see it being a formality that he signs on a permanent deal and he could be a real bargain.”

Meanwhile, Leeds have been urged to smash their transfer record by signing a new striker if they win promotion back to the Premier League.

Former Elland Road frontman Noel Whelan has suggested that Marcelo Bielsa’s men pull out all the stops to bring in £35million-valued Aleksandar Mitrovic from Fulham, if they are allowed to finish the season and do go up. Read more…



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