By Danny Mills

4th Mar, 2020 | 7:30am

Exclusive: Danny Mills big claim about Leeds youth, tips to replace senior man permanently

Danny Mills has heaped praise on Illan Meslier and claimed he can become the permanent Leeds United number one ahead of Kiko Casilla.

The former Whites full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed the youngster, who turned 20 on Monday, now has “a chance” of establishing himself as the first choice goalkeeper at Elland Road in the long term.

Meslier was brought into the side against Hull City after Casilla was found guilty of racially abusing Charlton Athletic winger Jonathan Leko and subsequently banned for eight games.

The teenager kept a clean sheet in what was his first Championship appearance at the KCOM Stadium as Marcelo Bielsa’s side comfortable beat an out-of-form Tigers 4-0.

When asked whether the youngster now had an opportunity to become the club’s number one, Mills told Football Insider: “The timing of it would not have been easy. Both goalkeepers traveled the night before.

“It is great to come in and get a clean sheet, even if you do not have much to do, you need that. He made a couple of saves which will do him that world of good. I think they have got a very able deputy in there.

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“If he plays well, Leeds go up, suddenly he has given himself a real shot in the arm. Coming back into next season he might not just be considered number two, he might be really pushing for number one.

“If he comes up with some big performances in big games, crucial games where you are under an awful lot of scrutiny and pressure, the kid will have a chance. It happens. Everybody needs an opportunity.” 

Goals from Luke Ayling, Pablo Hernandez and a brace from substitute Tyler Roberts sealed the victory to move the visitors to within a point of league leaders West Brom.

The result ended a run of six games where Leeds failed to score more than one goal in a match.

In other Leeds United news, Danny Mills has told Football Insider he expects deal for player from PL giants to be completed in the summer.