Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier will surely feel hard done by after not getting the chance to replace Tottenham Hotspur ace Hugo Lloris in the France squad.
Les Bleus manager Didier Deschamps does not seem to rate Meslier too highly as he decided to bring in Nantes’ stopper Alban Lafont.
Despite Meslier being linked with moves to some of Europe’s top clubs, it’s surprising to see the French federation not giving him a chance to prove his worth.
What’s baffling is that Alphonse Areola constantly gets picked even though he’s struggling to get game time at West Ham.
Meslier has proven what a class act he is as he’s not just an exemplary shot stopper and one of Europe’s finest young keepers, he’s also comfortable with the ball at his feet and a quality sweeper keeper.
It’s why Tottenham themselves have been looking at the 22-year-old to replace Lloris [Irish Daily Star (17 August, page 45)], but France apparently do not see it the same way and instead want to go for a Ligue 1 keeper.
This could be worrying for Leeds as the Frenchman may feel that he needs to move to a club in the top six or one of Europe’s elite in order to show Deschamps or whoever the next France boss is that he can handle pressure at the highest level.
It’s shameful that managers do not pick players on their merit and instead have favourites or a very limited scouting net.
We’re pretty confident that if Deschamps would watch Leeds over the course of six months to a year, Meslier would surely be in consideration to make his squad.