'Re-think needed' - Exclusive: Mills reacts after Leeds target completes £17m move to PL rivals
Danny Mills has claimed Leeds United may need to “re-think” their goalkeeping plan after Illan Meslier’s “indifferent” start to the campaign.
The former Whites and Coventry forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested that the 20-year-old could have done better in Saturday’s 4-3 win over Fulham.
The French goalkeeper has started both of Leeds United’s Premier League fixtures this season and is evidently Marcelo Bielsa’s current number one.
Meslier, who penned a permanent £5million deal at the Yorkshire club this summer, could arguably have done better with Fulham’s second and third goals in a 4-3 victory at Elland Road.
Football Insider revealed that the Whites were interested in Argentine goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez before he secured a move to Aston Villa last week for an initial £17million.
When asked by Football Insider if Meslier’s performance on Saturday was cause for concern, Mills said: “It is very similar to the Kepa situation.
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“He did not make mistakes but a top quality keeper would have made those saves.
“He is still so young and as long as he bounces back in the next game and puts in a good performance then it is not a problem.
“If he makes two, three, four of those indifferent performances then Leeds might have to rethink their strategy a little bit.”
Second-choice goalkeeper Kiko Casilla was was a notable absentee from the squad that beat Fulham yesterday and Marcelo Bielsa later revealed that the former Real Madrid man is injured.
Casilla suffered a knock to his ankle against Hull City on Wednesday as Leeds crashed out of the EFL Cup on penalties.
In other Leeds United news, Danny Mills has told Football Insider that big name is “lucky there are no fans” after Fulham win.