Leeds: Conor McGilligan admits he’s never been convinced by Illan Meslier’s ability
Conor McGilligan has slammed Leeds United’s Illan Meslier for his lack of ability in claiming crosses and having poor decision-making.
The Lowdown: A dip in quality will be a concern
In the past, Meslier has been linked with a move away from Leeds with clubs such as Tottenham Hotspur said to be circling around the young French shot-stopper.
However, while Leeds themselves haven’t been great in general currently engulfed in their second successive relegation battle, Meslier hasn’t covered himself in glory recently either.
The French goalkeeper was caught out in Michael Skubala’s final game in charge against Everton as Seamus Coleman netted at his near post which had been vacated, and was also questionably far off of his line for Palhinha’s goal in the FA Cup on Tuesday night.
The Lates: Meslier not as good as some may believe
McGilligan has admitted on his YouTube channel that he’s one of a few Leeds fans that haven’t been convinced by Meslier past his great ability to be a top shot-stopper.
He said: (18:20) “I’m not 100% sure he’s having the best season, I don’t think he is whatsoever, but I don’t know what we can expect in terms of where we are as a club position-wise, we’ve got the third stand-in French goalkeeper in Illan Meslier.
“I’ve never been 100% convinced on him. I think he’s a really good shot-stopper, I think he’s poor from crosses and I think his decision-making is poor but overall I think he’s a decent keeper.”
The Verdict: Leeds will do well to keep Meslier
If a club such as Spurs are looking at Meslier then Leeds will indeed do very well to fend off top-four suitors, especially one that would likely receive a ringing endorsement from someone who’s likely a hero to him in the form of Hugo Lloris.
Meslier has been an ever-present under the three coaches at Leeds this season and since becoming the Whites’ number one during their Premier League return he’s been able to prove he’s a suitable keeper at this level.
Given that Leeds are struggling for the second season in a row would suggest that their crop of players aren’t necessarily good enough to be performing in the Premier League, so Leeds will need Meslier to keep performing at his own top level because he may be seen as a sellable asset if the Whites were to be relegated.