Illan Meslier needs to be on stand by for Leeds United call

Leeds United's Illan Meslier during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Nottingham Forest at Elland Road on August 10, 2019 in Leeds, England.

Will Leeds United's back-up goalkeeper be ready for a first team run?

Leeds United's Illan Meslier during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Nottingham Forest at Elland Road on August 10, 2019 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla is awaiting the findings of a disciplinary hearing.

BBC Sport report Casilla denies using racist language in Leeds' defeat against Charlton Athletic earlier in the season.

It is unclear which way the FA will rule, but if his personal hearing goes against him, Casilla would be left facing a ban.

This would push back-up goalkeeper Illan Meslier into the spotlight.

 

Meslier, 19, signed for Leeds on a season long loan deal from Lorient.

He has not yet made his debut, instead featuring regularly for the under-23s.

Meslier has been an unused substitute for the Whites this season as he awaits a call in case of emergency.

A potential ban for Casilla would give Meslier the opportunity he needs.

Illan Meslier of France does passed during the friendly match between Argentina and France U20 at Pinatar Arena in Murcia, Spain on March 20 2019.

Casilla has been in good form lately and his absence would be a blow for a team which boasts the Championship's best defensive record.

Meslier is reportedly  open to a permanent move to Leeds, if chances come his way [Ouest France].

A run in the team if Casilla is banned would give him the chance to show what he can do.

He needs to show he is ready, and first impressions will be everything.

If he can come in and become a settled presence right away, then he would calm nerves among fans and players around him.

Casilla might be found innocent, and Meslier's opportunity may never come, but he needs to be ready.

goalkeeper Illan Meslier of France U20 during the FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019 group E match between France U20 and Saudi Arabia U20 at Gdynia Stadium on May 25, 2019 in Gdynia, Poland

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