Leeds United fans have been discussing the future of their goalkeeper position this week after fresh reports emerged linking them with a new shot-stopper.
Marcelo Bielsa began the season opting for Kiko Casilla between the sticks until he picked up an eight-game ban for racial abuse, which has handed an opportunity to Lorient loanee Illan Meslier, who impressed in his only appearances beforehand – an FA Cup outing against Arsenal.
It’s thought that the club are willing to splash £5m to make the temporary switch permanent, but that hasn’t stopped new speculation over the number one spot.
According to Football Insider, former Man City keeper Joe Hart would be willing to take a pay cut to join the west Yorkshire outfit in the top-flight.
The 33-year-old’s £70k-per-week contract at Burnley expires at the end of the season, so he will be available on a free transfer this summer.
However, it is Meslier who many at Elland Road are demanding – not Hart, not Casilla.
Here’s what has been said…
— Dawn Halliday (@Dawnhalliday76) May 3, 2020
— Alex Sherriff (@SherriffAlex) May 3, 2020
— 💛Kofi💙 (@FawcettKofi) May 3, 2020
— David Wainwright (@DavidWa03070329) May 3, 2020
— Jack 💙💛 (@LeedsLeeds1919) May 3, 2020
Mesiler,He’s been patient,worked hard,and when’s he’s played look a solid keeper for a young player,Joe Hart,no thanks👎
— John Paul Fitzgerald (@JohnPaulFitzge1) May 3, 2020
Neither, Meslier hasn’t put a foot wrong!
— Dazza Millings (@Shoe_gazer) May 3, 2020
Not joe Hart awful…
— Bite (@biteyerlegs70) May 4, 2020
Hart can’t play the ball out from the back ..doesn’t suit our system, wages are too high and he’s not good enough anyway ..Casilla or Meslier all day long
— Andy LUFC Bingham (@AndyLUFCBingham) May 3, 2020
AND in other news, Phil Hay issues update on how Championship could end for Leeds…