By Joe Ellis

17th Nov, 2022 | 6:10pm

Goalkeeping expert in awe of 'special' Leeds United ace Illan Meslier

Illan Meslier has been rather sensational for Leeds United and goalkeeping expert Matt Pyzdrowski is simply in awe of the Frenchman.

In a detailed analysis of the 22-year-old’ game in The Athletic, Pyzdrowski picked apart the best elements of his game and focused especially on the Liverpool game in which he kept the Whites on par before Crysencio Summerville’s winner.

A string of fine saves at Anfield saw him earn huge praise afterwards and it all comes down to his initial positioning and one-on-one ability.

“Without the ball, Meslier’s aggressive positioning is key to the philosophy,” he said. “Jesse Marsch has convinced his players they can keep a high line and relentlessly press the opposition, all while having someone behind to protect them.

“What made his performance against Liverpool special, and the thing that jumped out for any keeper analysing him, was each of his saves one-on-one showcased the different techniques goalkeepers use in breakaway and close-contact situations.

“It might seem as if these moments happen in a blur, as if the whole thing comes down to chance or luck, but a huge amount relies on the intelligence of Meslier and his ability to choose the right action with split seconds to decide.”

Undroppable

It’s very bold to suggest any player could be categorised as undroppable at Elland Road but Meslier is about as close as you can come to such a status.

Kristoffer Klaesson and Joel Robles are the backup shot-stoppers but neither can hold a torch to the French Under-21 international in all honesty.

Marsch has not had any reason to drop him for any Premier League game this season and if he stays fit and without suspension ten he will probably end up playing every single minute of the season for Leeds United.

With every game, his confidence seems to grow more and more which has unfortunately seen his stock rise and therefore clubs will begin to be interested in signing him.

As long as the Whites can hold onto Meslier in the coming transfer windows, they won’t have to spend any cash on a new goalkeeper anytime soon and that will be a huge help in bringing in quality outfield talent.

In other Leeds United news, the club have managed to dodge a bullet in their ownership changes as this controversial figure has now resigned from his post elsewhere.