Exclusive: Leeds plot signing player who started for PL giants today, Bruce reacts
Alex Bruce admits he does not think Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has got enough Premier League experience to become the Leeds United number one next season.
The former Leeds and Hull defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the Whites need a “tried and trusted” shot-stopper should they be promoted.
The Athletic’s Phil Hay has named the 27-year-old, who started Arsenal’s clash against Southampton on Thursday, as a potential replacement for Kiko Casilla should the former Real Madrid man leave Elland Road this summer.
As revealed by Football Insider in April, the Leeds shot-stopper is considering a move back to Spain this summer following his eight-game ban for using racist language.
However, Bruce is not convinced that Martinez, who has taken the injured Bernd Leno’s place in the Gunners’ starting XI, is the answer for Marcelo Bielsa’s men.
Bruce told Football Insider: “Well I think if you do go up you need a steady eddy between the sticks and it’s difficult to pin your hat on him because he’s hardly played.
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“For me, I think they need to try and get a tried and trusted Premier League goalkeeper, you need a tried and trusted one between the sticks. Is he tried and trusted? I’d have to say I don’t know because he’s not played enough.
“The only way we’re going to see is if he makes a regular number one spot his own or signs somewhere and then we can judge him. He’s obviously got ability because you don’t play for Arsenal if you don’t have ability.”
Despite being involved in every single matchday squad, Thursday was Martinez’s first Premier League start of the season.
He has made just 26 appearances under his belt in close to 10 years in north London, with most of his experience coming from loan spells at the likes of Reading, Sheffield Wednesday and Wolves.
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