Leeds United blundered by not making a concerted push to sign Joe Hart before he joined Tottenham.
That is according to Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about United’s need for a proven Premier League goalkeeper.
The current Leeds number one is Illan Meslier, the 20-year-old Frenchman who has shipped 17 goals in eight Premier League matches this season.
His deputy is Kiko Casilla, the 34-year-old former Spain international who dropped down the pecking order at Leeds after being hit by an FA racism ban earlier this season.
Asked by Football Insider whether Leeds may be tempted to sign a goalkeeper with Premier League experience in January, Mills said: “I mentioned this at the start of the season when it wasn’t quite sure who the number one was going to be.
“I mentioned Joe Hart an awful lot, before he went to Tottenham.
“To come in as a goalkeeper of stature, Premier League experience, a good attitude and he’s prepared to fight for the number one position. He’s not coming in to be guaranteed number one above everybody else.
“Also, Illan Meslier could learn off him and could understand what it takes to get to the very, very top. The rigorous training regime, the effort you have to put in – that experience that can be offered by a senior goalkeeper like Joe Hart or Fraser Forster, somebody like that with their experience is invaluable.
“The goalkeepers are a very close group, we often hear about the ‘goalkeepers union’ and they train together all the time.
“They do work very closely and I think having that senior figure pushing him for a place and being able to learn off him would have been advantageous to him and the football club.”