Leeds United summer signing Illan Meslier has said that he needs to improve “all areas” of his game.
The goalkeeper – signed for £5m this summer after initially arriving on loan from Lorient – claims that he wants to be the best goalkeeper in England and that he will work hard to achieve his dream.
Talking to BBC Radio Leeds Meslier said, “I need to progress in all areas, the aerial game, reflexes, kicking. I’m just 20 years old so I need to progress.
“I need to be the same level [as the best in the Premier League], I want to be the number one and I want to be the best goalkeeper in England. That’s my dream.
“If I work hard every day I hope I can touch this dream.”
Massive bargain for Leeds
Meslier won the gloves at Leeds after Kiko Casilla was banned for racist abuse last season and he hasn’t looked back since.
He’s already wowed pundits such as Martin Keown, who said that his save against Aston Villa was the “defining moment” in the 3-0 win.
MOT Leeds News columnist Paul Robinson said that the player is “growing in stature and getting better every game”.
Meslier has had the advantage of coming in as a young player and learning under Bielsa.
And he’s the perfect Bielsa goalkeeper, with a brilliant range of long and short passing.
His numbers since he’s been at Leeds are impressive, with a 96% accuracy for short passes and 70% for long passes.
He’s only conceded 0.42 goals per 90 minutes from an xCG of 0.59. [WyScout]
We think he can go on to be one of the best in the Premier League and we love the fact that this is his ambition.
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