Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier will be wanted by a host of top clubs this summer, according to former Whites stopper Paddy Kenny.
The Lowdown: Key performer for Leeds
Marcelo Bielsa’s side had a brilliant season back in the Premier League, with a host of players starring throughout the campaign. Meslier was undoubtedly one of them, proving to be a hugely consistent performer between the sticks and being hailed as ‘superb’ by Darren Bent.
The 21-year-old Frenchman has unsurprisingly been linked with a move elsewhere in recent weeks, given his potential as a long-term prospect.
The Latest: Kenny discusses Meslier’s future
Speaking to Football Insider, Kenny admitted that Meslier’s head could be turned by a move to a bigger club this summer if there is concrete interest in him. The Irishman warned:
“I think there will possibly be clubs looking at him. I think he needs a bit more experience yet. It’s a tough one because if a big club comes in for you, how can turn them down? But you can move too early in your career.
“He’s only 21 so he should get two or three seasons behind him in the Premier League. But as I say, can you turn it down if an offer does come in? It might never come again.
“He’ll definitely be tempted, I know that. But he’s still a baby really in goalkeeping terms.”
The Verdict: Whites must keep youngster
Meslier is a massively influential player for Leeds, keeping 11 clean sheets in 35 Premier League games, and it would appear to be vital that they keep hold of him moving forward in order for them to continue on their current trajectory.
His ball-playing ability from the back (4.8 accurate long passes per game, 77.1% passing success rate) is integral to the Whites’ playing style, and at the tender age of 21, he could be a key figure at Elland Road for many years to come.
It could be difficult to eventually keep hold of Meslier, though, with some European giants possibly viewing him as one of the most promising players in Europe in his position. As Kenny has hinted, there could be a few clubs around the continent with intentions to tempt the Frenchman away from Yorkshire.
In other news, Leeds have been linked with a summer move for a midfielder – find out who it is here.
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