By Kevin Phillips

31st Dec, 2020 | 4:24pm

'Definitely' - Pundit Exclusive: Leeds tipped to sign Jan replacement for ever-present

Leeds United may move to sign an experienced goalkeeper in the January transfer window.

That is the view of former Sunderland and England striker Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Illan Meslier’s performance for the Whites against West Brom on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old has started all 16 of Leeds’ Premier League fixtures this season, keeping clean sheets in six, including two in his last two games.

The newly-promoted side were linked with a host of senior goalkeepers in the summer but no deals materialised.

However, Phillips believes a senior shot-stopper will be added to the squad next month to take the limelight of the France Under-21 international.

“It wasn’t just against West Brom that he has looked erratic,” he told Football Insider.

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“In nearly every game, he has a mistake in him. He often passes it into the midfield when he should just clear his lines. He is also coming out for the ball when he should be staying on his line. His punches haven’t also been great.

“He is still very, very young and yes he has talent but I think he will continue to make mistakes.

“It is an area where Leeds should consider bringing someone in, someone who has experience.

“That will take some of the limelight off of Meslier while he could also learn off him. I think it is definitely an area that the club will look at in January.”  

In other news, Leeds United may have just pulled off “the signing of the season”.