Ian Wright was stunned by Jesse Marsch’s failure to even mention goalkeeper Illan Meslier after Leeds United won 2-1 at Liverpool on Saturday evening.
Leeds moved out of the Premier League’s relegation zone with a shock victory on Merseyside and 22-year-old shot-stopper Meslier was easily a contender for man of the match.
Gary Lineker believes Meslier was the best player on the pitch but Wright was miffed as to how Marsch failed to pay tribute to the Frenchman in his post-game interview on Match of the Day.
“Jesse Marsch, there’s been a lot of talk about his position lately but the players are fighting for him – there’s no doubt about that,” said Lineker on Match of the Day this weekend (29 October, 26m01s).
“And the man of the match had to be Meslier.
“Nine saves, which is the joint-most of any keeper in any game this season.”
Wright replied: “I’m really surprised with Jesse Marsch with all his animation he didn’t mention him once.”
What a performance
Meslier could have done better for Liverpool’s goal, let’s be honest.
He flapped at Trent Alexander-Arnold’s deep cross into the box and then was nowhere near Andrew Robertson’s cross, which found Mohamed Salah at the back post to make it 1-1.
But between that goal and Crysencio Summerville’s late winner – and even after that goal – Meslier was brilliant.
We really do have one of the best young goalkeepers in European football and Meslier is bound to be France’s number one in the future with Hugo Lloris surely considering retirement after the upcoming World Cup.
Meslier is only 22 but he already has 101 appearances for Leeds and 85 appearances in the Premier League.
He could keep more clean sheets but the defence in front of him is guilty of big howlers most of the time.
Plus, Meslier still has issues at corner kicks.
But the youngster will only get better.
He’s a baby in terms of goalkeepers so imagine just how good he’ll be in 10 years’ time.
Let’s hope he’s still at Leeds then.
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared an update on a Leeds squad “mutiny” as Marsch gets ready for major behind-the-scenes changes.