By Calum Brown

28th Apr, 2022 | 7:45pm

Jesse Marsch gives verdict on Illan Meslier's future

Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch has heaped praise on his goalkeeper Illan Meslier.

Marsch is desperate to keep hold of his number one this summer despite question marks over the Frenchman’s future.

Meslier has been in fine form recently as the Whites remain five unbeaten in the Premier League with consecutive clean sheets for the stopper.

Speaking to Leeds Live, Marsch commented: “I think Illan’s potential moving forward is huge.

“The best thing that I’ve seen from him in the last weeks is more and more confidence. Even though I talked about how he didn’t train at all before the Watford match, then he came into the match and was almost flawless.

“I think that was a big moment in Illan’s career, to know that in big moments you need a goalkeeper who is ready no matter what the circumstances are.

“Like I’ve said already, I’m not the best goalkeeper coach but I understand the mentality of what the goalkeeper position requires.

“That’s been the focus of my work with Illan and I think he’s responded great and played really well. The answer is yes, let’s keep him.”

Vital performer

Meslier could be huge for Leeds in their Premier League survival hopes as Leeds face a tough remaining five fixtures to try and retain their top-flight status.

The Frenchman is expected to be very busy on Saturday night with Manchester City coming to town.

Pep Guardiola’s side has netted 80 Premier League goals this term, seven of which came against Leeds at the Etihad back in December in a match to forget for the Elland Road faithful.

City make the trip to Yorkshire on Saturday, buoyed by their 4-3 victory over Real Madrid on Tuesday night in the first leg of their Champions League Semi-Final.

Meslier will need to be on top form between the sticks if Marsch’s side are to have any chance of taking a positive result from the game.

The goalkeeper’s performances could well be the difference between survival and relegation.

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