By Mark Smith

18th Apr, 2021 | 3:05pm

Adrian Clarke: Leeds stopper Illan Meslier among the best in the Premier League

Adrian Clarke has claimed that Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier has become one of the best stoppers in the Premier League.

The French sensation has kept nine clean sheets in his debut season in the top-flight, breaking records previously set by Joe Hart.

Clarke, a Premier League pundit, believes that Meslier has been “outstanding” for the Whites, in what has been his first full campaign in-between the sticks.

Writing in his Premier League column, Clarke has singled out the impressive Frenchman as one of the best in the division.

“He has made errors but has also consistently produced top-quality saves,” he wrote.

“His reaction speed is outstanding; he is especially adept at getting low to push shots around the posts. In his first full senior campaign, Leeds’ No 1 should feel proud that just three PL ‘keepers boast a superior save percentage.

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“With enormous scope for development in his game, Meslier is among the best in the division.”


Meslier has been phenomenal this season and has really grown into an experienced player as each game passes by for the Whites.

Marcelo Bielsa demands so much responsibility from his goalkeepers, who must be able to spread possession of the ball as his midfielders can.

As well as that, our open style means we have to rely on Meslier to make numerous saves in games, and he does that just as well.

According to WyScout, Sam Johnstone is the only keeper in Europe’s top-five leagues to make more saves this season.

Meslier is already showing outstanding traits in his first Premier League season, imagine what he will be like after a handful of campaigns; certainly one of the best.

In other Leeds United news, this Whites player is in advanced talks to leave Elland Road this summer, permanent option is possible – report