By Sam Stone

6th May, 2022 | 10:10am

Leeds United: Marsch wants Meslier to be 'quarter-back' in his Whites' system

Leeds United keeper Illan Meslier has been challenged to be a “quarter-back” by head coach Jesse Marsch.

Meslier, 22, has made 78 appearances since 2019 for the Whites and has been Marsch’s first choice since his arrival.

The Leeds head coach believes the young keeper can be an integral part in the way his side play.

As quoted by the Yorkshire Post, Marsch said: “Being the last defender is always really important because we like to play very aggressively with our backline.

“Then what I can do with my experience is I can see how to help a goalkeeper, with his decision-making, when he has the ball in his hands, that he is the quarter-back of that situation and understands the rhythm of play that we want.”

Modern day keepers

Marsch isn’t wrong in wanting his keeper to dictate play more often.

The modern day keeper will almost play as another defender by playing high and always being an option.

Manchester City’s Ederson and Liverpool’s Allison have been the two keepers that have broken the mould in recent years.

Both are essential in how City and Liverpool play.

The high position they both take up somewhat negates the threat of a long ball in behind the defence.

This allows for the defenders to take up a high line and make life harder for the opponents in possession.

Marsch’s plans for Meslier display the route he wants to take this Leeds United down long-term.

The American clearly wants to employ an intense press in his time at Elland Road.

Meslier is clearly a talent and could be an excellent keeper in Jesse Marsch’s system.

At 22, the young keeper will only improve under the guidance of Marsch and his philosophy.

Certainly, something for Whites’ fans to get excited about.

In other Leeds United news, this shot-stopper needs to be signed to a new Elland Road deal before he walks out for free.