Sky Sports journalist shares if Leeds United sweating over future of Illan Meslier
Leeds United are reportedly not concerned over the future of goalkeeper Illan Meslier despite his ambitions to represent France.
According to Sky Sports journalist Tim Thornton, the main thing for him is to be playing regularly and he may not get that if he moves to a club that’s in the Champions League.
The best way for him to make his France debut is by playing every week and that is something he can achieve at Elland Road.
Speaking to Give Me Sport, Thornton said, “I don’t think there are any concerns about him. He’s a young goalkeeper, but the key is that he’s playing every week at Leeds. If he were to move elsewhere, would he play every week? So I think it suits him.
“He’ll have ambitions to get into the national side and be a regular there and the only way he’s going to achieve that is by playing every week.”
Phil Hay claimed that many at Elland Road view Meslier as the most expensive asset after the sales of Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha this summer.
He also reported about the interest in his services from clubs like Tottenham Hotspur, but Leeds will not budge with their valuations even if the Frenchman does want to leave.
As of now, the club seem relaxed as nobody is prioritising signing Meslier and he’s settled in extremely well into Jesse Marsch’s system.
Not only has he proven himself to be a good shot stopper, his ball-playing abilities and his sweeping prowess undoubtedly make him one of Europe’s best under-23 keepers.
We’ll be surprised if any top Champions League club is considering a long-term goalkeeper change and do not consider Meslier as an option.
He’s got time on his side and is proving at an early age that he’s got sky-high potential and could even become world class in the future if he keeps improving the way he has.