Leeds United have got to sort out the future of Joel Robles and hand the Spanish goalkeeper a new contract at Elland Road after Fabrizio Romano reported that there are more than two European clubs interested in his signing.
Robles, 32, was handed his first Premier League outing for Leeds against Manchester City on Saturday. A big call made by Sam Allardyce but one that certainly paid off, with Robles making a number of very important saves.
Indeed, some would even argue that Robles got a touch on Ilkay Gundogan’s penalty – which bounced off the post. Robles also helped deny Erling Haaland on a number of occasions, including one huge chance on 17 minutes.
Robles is finally getting his chance – but his long-term future at Leeds is certainly in doubt. He only joined the club last summer on a year’s deal, and that means his current deal expires in June. Just three more games to play.
Romano reports that Robles is attracting interest. The ex-Everton and Wigan goalkeeper is said to have two or more European clubs looking at him – and they are being kept informed on his situation, ahead of the summer window.
Leeds have got to sort Joel Robles future amid Fabrizio Romano report
Robles showed in just 90 minutes the importance of having a bit of experience between the sticks. There is no doubting that Illan Meslier is a top goalkeeper, a real talent and one with huge quality in shot-stopping terms.
But, Meslier is more than likely to go this summer – even if the club stay up. So he will need replacing and why not just keep Robles in position. Leadership, experience, a commanding presence. Sam Allardyce called him “fantastic”.
Whether Leeds perform a miraculous run of form in the last three games and stay up, or do end up going down – they really need to keep Robles, amid growing interest. Handing the Spanish stopper a new deal is important.