Leeds United have “missed a massive trick” in not bringing Emiliano Martinez to Elland Road, Mark Schwarzer has told Optus Sport.
The Whites were linked with the 28-year-old Argentine in July, The Sun claiming Marcelo Bielsa was monitoring him as well as compatriot Sergio Romero.
Leeds are yet to sign a new goalkeeper this summer, with Bielsa opting for Illan Meslier in the two Premier League games and Kiko Casilla in the League Cup.
Martinez, meanwhile, completed a £20million move to Aston Villa, where he shone on his debut by keeping a clean sheet and saving a penalty in a 1-0 win over Sheffield United.
Schwarzer, a retired goalkeeper who made upwards of 500 Premier League appearances and won over 100 caps for Australia, thinks Leeds should have got to Martinez before Villa.
The 47-year-old also cast doubt over Meslier’s suitability over starting in the top flight for Leeds.
“The goalkeeper doesn’t look good enough for me,” Schwarzer told Optus Sport. “He looks very very average.
“He conceded a couple of goals against Fulham (he shouldn’t have)… I think that is maybe where Leeds are going to come unstuck.
“I think Leeds United have missed a massive trick in not being able to sign Martinez.
“I didn’t see anything in the press in terms of more seriousness about it, but I think they made the decision relatively early (that) they were going to go with their current crop of keepers.”
Despite conceding seven goals in his first two Premier League appearances, Meslier hasn’t done all that badly in terms of his displays, particularly against Liverpool.
That said, there’ll always be an element of risk in throwing a 20-year-old, relatively inexperienced goalkeeper in at the deep end of Premier League first-team football.
It remains to be seen whether Bielsa will bring in a new stopper before the transfer window shuts, as a duo of Meslier and Casilla doesn’t exactly inspire confidence for a full top-flight season.