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Paul Robinson has hailed Illan Meslier for his decision-making despite feeling he didn’t execute his intentions very well in Leeds United’s 0-0 draw with Aston Villa.
Meslier, 22, kept just his second clean sheet of the Premier League season at Elland Road on Sunday and was named in WhoScored’s team of the week.
The French shot-stopper did make some good saves but there were a few moments where he got caught rushing out to claim crosses he was never going to get anywhere near.
Villa failed to punish Meslier at these opportunities and even though he kept doing it, Robinson was impressed by the youngster’s continued commitment despite making mistakes.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, the former Leeds goalkeeper said: “Meslier can command his box.
“I think he’s very good at coming for crosses and the thing with him is that he doesn’t stop.
“If he comes out and makes a mistake, he comes out. He’s not a shrinking violet, he doesn’t do what a lot of other ‘keepers do then and spend the rest of the game on his line.
“Even though the execution might not be right at times, he still makes the right decisions.
“Making a couple of errors doesn’t affect him. That’s a side of his game that I like.
“He’s mentally strong and he is able to dominate his box.
“Meslier’s performance on Sunday, it wasn’t his best but it was still a clean sheet.”
Meslier is one of the highest-rated young goalkeepers in Europe.
He’s already made 80 appearances in the Premier League for Leeds despite only turning 22 earlier this year.
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