Paul Robinson has heaped praise on the “outstanding” performances of Leeds United keeper Illan Meslier.
The Frenchman has cemented his spot under Marcelo Bielsa, replacing Kiko Casilla after his eight-game ban last season.
Meslier may have conceded eight goals in his first four games, but it could have been many more if not for a string of impressive saves.
Speaking to the official website, Robinson claimed that his performance at Sheffield United was particularly pleasing.
“I thought both saves were outstanding, I think his positioning across the goal in relation to where he was on the line and his movement allowed him to make those saves,” he said.
“The first one where he went back on himself, I thought was an outstanding save, which then gave him the confidence to make the second and play well, I think it was the best game he’s played.
“He has been given the gloves and the number one jersey which was a huge vote of confidence for him and since that point, he has got better and he will continue to get better.
“What impresses me is his shot to save ratio, I think it is around 78 per cent, which is going to be really important for Leeds going forward.”
As Robinson pointed out, the save percentage of Meslier is highly impressive and shows he can be relied upon when needed.
What impresses us the most though, is the keeper’s distribution ability. It is like Leeds have another midfielder in goal with some of the passes he is able to pull off.
The 20-year-old averages a 97.8% pass success rate at short-to-medium range according to WyScout, and that helps the Whites keep up their high-intensity attacking from the first whistle to the last in games.
Robinson knows what it takes to succeed in the Premier League, and after four games, we’re backing Meslier to have a prolonged career in the top-flight at Elland Road.
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