Joel Robles has earned praise from Rodrigo on Instagram this week after a Leeds United training session, in which Rodrigo claims it is “impossible” to score past him – and should that convince Jesse Marsch to have a re-think?
Robles, 32, joined Leeds on a free in the summer. His deal at Real Betis ended, and Leeds wanted a goalkeeper with a good attitude to provide cover for Illan Meslier and Kristoffer Klaesson. They wanted an experienced goalkeeper.
The Spain Under-23 international has played for the likes of Everton, Wigan, Atletico Madrid, Betis and others. Now, he has a deal at Elland Road until the end of the season – but he is yet to make the bench in the Premier League.
When Leeds signed Robles, it was up for debate whether he would be immediately behind Meslier – or third choice. Now, Rodrigo has raved about the goalkeeper on Instagram: “It is impossible to score a goal, you are a best.”
Robles has earned praise from Rodrigo after Leeds training session
So, does Marsch need to have a re-think? Klaesson has not had the best of spells since joining Leeds. A couple of interesting performances for the 23’s last season, it is perhaps his form that has convinced Marsch to sign Robles.
But it is without doubt that Robles is third choice. Klaesson has been on the bench for all six Premier League games. Robles has only got onto the bench once since joining, in the Carabao Cup – a 3-1 win over Barnsley in August.
With Robles clearly making an impression in training and doubts still surrounding the quality of Klaesson, surely Marsch has to have a re-think. It would suit everyone, if Klaesson focuses on the 21’s this season.
Allow Robles to warm the bench in the Premier League. By next summer, when Robles’ deal ends, Klaesson will be ready to then come in and provide first-team cover. Rodrigo’s praise should convince Marsch to have a re-think.