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Paul Robinson has said that Illan Meslier had a solid league debut for Leeds on Saturday but said that his distribution was poor and the weakest part of his game.
He said that was “odd” as it’s normally the strongest part of his game and said it could have been nerves.
However, he said he wouldn’t be worried about that going forward and said the 19-year-old enjoyed a “confidence-boosting” game overall.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “I thought his goalkeeping was good, I thought his handling was good, I thought he looked comfortable.
“However, I thought his distribution was poor, which is odd as it’s normally the strongest part of his game.
“Whether that was down to nerves or a little bit to do with the conditions I don’t know, but his handling and all-round goalkeeping were really good.
“The distribution was the only bad thing and I wouldn’t be worried about that going forward as it’s the strongest part of his game.
“It was a confidence-boosting clean sheet and you could see the players around him were confident to have him which is the best thing as a keeper, to get acceptance from the players.”
Meslier has an extended run in the side in front of him, with Kiko Casilla banned for eight games for racism.
His chance might not have come in the circumstances he would have wanted but it’s massive for him and hugely important for Leeds that he’s able to do a good job.
Getting a clean sheet on his league debut – ironically, he’s the first Leeds keeper to do that since Paul Robinson – is exactly what he would have been dreaming of and he’ll be looking forward to the game against Huddersfield next week.
It will be his first taste of playing at Elland Road and the atmosphere will be electric.
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