By Kealan Hughes

3rd Apr, 2021 | 11:10am

Tony Cascarino wowed by Illan Meslier improvement at Leeds

Tony Cascarino is impressed with Leeds United and picked out a number of players he has been wowed by, including Illan Meslier.

He argued that the goalkeeper struggled at first but has got better and better as his confidence has grown.

There were also plaudits for a number of other players and it is fair to say Cascarino is a big fan of Leeds’ contribution to the Premier League.

He told talkSPORT GameDay Breakfast with Natalie Sawyer & Tony Cascarino, “Raphinha has been massive for them, Kalvin Phillips has stepped up and done brilliantly, Ayling likewise.

“Then you can go Stuart Dallas and Patrick Bamford getting goals on a regular basis.

“I think the goalkeeper Meslier has been as improved as anybody this season.

“He looks a far more accomplished goalkeeper and has improved a hell of a lot because the goalkeeper he was at the start of the season looked a bit of a liability.

“But he’s got better and better with that confidence.”

Most improved player?

Meslier has come under fire from some sections of the Whites fanbase for most of the season.

There is no doubt he has made costly mistakes at times, particularly with the ball at his feet, but he has certainly put those errors behind him.

He looks more assured in possession now and his shot-stopping has improved drastically.

As a result, no goalkeeper has made more saves than Meslier in Europe’s top five leagues [talkSPORT] and his form even earned a recent France call-up.

He has achieved a great deal and established himself as a solid Premier League keeper – it is worth remembering he is only 21.

PSG are reportedly interested too, per The National.

That would have seemed an outlandish idea at the beginning of the season and that sums up how much the youngster has improved this year.

In other Leeds United news, a Sky Sports pundit has predicted the outcome of the Whites clash with Sheffield United.