By Mark Smith

10th Nov, 2020 | 9:05pm

'Learning curve' - Nigel Martyn questions Leeds mainstay after 'freakish' incident v Palace

Nigel Martyn has questioned Leeds United keeper Illan Meslier after his positioning in the 4-1 defeat against Crystal Palace.

The French youngster was stood behind his line for the opener, and also faced criticism for his role in Helder Costa’s own goal.

Meslier has conceded eight goals in his previous two Premier League games and has only kept two clean-sheets since promotion.

Martyn admitted that Meslier was unlucky, but that he could have prevented that if he had a better starting position in the six-yard box.

“I think he is unlucky as the deflection is freakish,” he told The Boot Room. “It’s the last thing he expected, which explains why he is slowly going down – which he was.

“He should have been closer to the near post. He was probably three or four yards towards the centre of the goal from the near post.

“He is trying to read one and cut it off. Positionally, he was too far back in his goal. It’s a learning curve for him.”

Chris Kirkland has also recently questioned Meslier, claiming that Leeds will be looking to bring in a new goalkeeper after this season.

Looking at the incident, no one could have predicted that Costa’s deflection would have taken the ball goalbound, but the 20-year-old has to react quicker.

Where the ball is going, there is no one at the back post which means that Meslier doesn’t need to be covering that.

Having not looked over his shoulder, the youngster is covering the ball across, leaving too much of a gap at the front post – something that saw him exploited.

Even after he realised, Meslier reacted far too slowly and as Martyn said, he must learn from this or face the axe at Elland Road.

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