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Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch has reiterated his belief that Whites stopper Illan Meslier is the best young goalkeeper he has worked with.
The Frenchman moved to Elland Road in the summer of 2019 on a first loan deal from Lorient. He first had to fight with Kiko Casilla for playing time, but quickly joined the team.
And he impressed at the end of the 2019/20 season and helped Leeds with their final advance.
Meslier has subsequently been given a long-term contract and has only missed three Premier League matches since the start of last season. What’s more, all of these came last season, with the 22-year-old an ever-present campaign.
Leeds have struggled this season with injuries to big players like Kalvin Phillips and Patrick Bamford. It has affected their form since slipping from a ninth place to a relegation battle.
Nevertheless, Marsch has no problems with Meslier, who he has praised as one of the most promising Premier League talents.
“I said a few weeks ago that for me he is the best young goalkeeper I have worked with,” the manager told a news conference.
“It’s always hard to make such big statements, but you know when you look at the fact that he plays for France’s U21s and he’s in the mix for the national team on the way forward, how good France is on the international stage. scene, you can say that his talent is great.
“I’m just trying to encourage him to be strong, confident and a good decision maker.”
March has had a solid impact since its arrival at Leeds. And even though he is not a goalkeeping coach, he knows a good goalkeeper when he sees one.
“I’ve said before I know things about goalkeepers that technique and tactical position at every moment is not my strength,” Marsch said.
“But I know when a goalkeeper has a presence in the game and makes the right kind of decisions, dictates the way the game is played, and for the most part I think he did it tonight. He’s done well.”
Meslier stands out in Leeds
Marsch spoke after Leeds drew 0-0 away at Crystal Palace to earn another point in their quest for survival.
Meslier kept his fifth clean sheet in the campaign. It’s albeit the part-16. best record in the Premier League this season.
However, the Frenchman tops the rankings when it comes to rescues.
Meslier has saved 125 bets on the Leeds goal, nine more than Manchester United’s David de Gea in second place.
While not a statistic that particularly shows the solidity of Leeds’ defense, Meslier must still take credit for his performances.