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Leeds set to sign Joel Robles

Leeds United are set to seal their seventh signing of the summer transfer window today, according to The Athletic’s Phil Hay

What’s the word?

The ever-reliable journalist claims that the Whites are set to confirm the arrival of goalkeeper Joel Robles, who has agreed on a one-year contract at Elland Road to provide more valuable backup to first-choice glovesman, Illan Meslier.

The 32-year-old is available on a free transfer after leaving Real Betis at the end of his four-year contract. He is now set to be available, pending a medical, for the Yorkshiremen’s trip to Southampton next weekend.

Robles was once on the books at Premier League rivals Everton and he has featured 51 times in the English top-flight.

Bargain deal

There has been a void of veteran experience between the sticks for Leeds all summer after Kiko Casilla sealed a long-awaited exit. He and the club agreed to cancel his contract a year before it was due to expire.

That gap is now set to be filled by Robles, who has been something of a career backup and that’s not a bad thing as he has certainly been good at his job, to be trusted by the Toffees, Atletico Madrid and more recently, Betis.

Is Robles a bargain signing for Leeds?

YES!

YES!

NO!

NO!

During the 2016/17 campaign, the Spaniard actually managed to play 20 times for the Merseyside outfit and he kept a clean sheet in ten of those, as per Transfermarkt.

That’s more than what Meslier managed last campaign (five clean sheets) and only one fewer than a season earlier (11).

Robles isn’t expected to earn much either, considering he was raking in around £12k-per-week at the LaLiga outfit, some £28k-per-week more than his disgraced countryman, so he’ll be something of a steal and will free up some money to spend in other areas of the squad, such as upfront.

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WHO IS THE PLAYER?

Simon Harrison, a verified social media manager for TaP Sports, once dubbed the 6 foot 6 titan a “bargain” for Betis and that’s exactly what Leeds will be getting here as chairman Andrea Radrizzani will not have to pay a penny in terms of a transfer fee.

Leeds needed an experienced no.2 shot-stopper and they have found just that in Robles. An underrated signing indeed.

AND in other news, Forget Rodrigo: “Explosive” Leeds gem with 7 key passes was Marsch’s hero vs Wolves

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