Au revoir Meslier?

28 Feb 2024 09:09 am, by Ellandback1

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Au revoir Meslier?

Should Leeds find themselves back in the top flight next season, do they need a new first choice shot stopper? Illan Meslier continually comes under the microscope, receiving widespread criticism, whether it be for his distribution, gathering crosses or the occasional faux pas. At 23, he is still considered an infant in terms of keepers. They don't reach their peak until their late twenties / early thirties, and as such the Frenchman bucked the trend during Leeds' recent stopover to the top flight.

Further down the ranks, the competition for places (between the sticks) is poor. Karl Darlow has proved as useful as a chocolate teapot, whilst Kristoffer Klaesson (the same age as Meslier) looks nothing special! Since relinquishing the No1 jersey from Kiko Casilla after his tete-a-tete with Jonathan Leko, nobody has provided stiff opposition to Meslier, meaning, even if he is playing badly, his place is not at risk. Is Meslier good enough for the top flight?

A transfer away looked certain in the summer, those gambling in Indonesia whould have got short odds on a move for the young Frenchman, but he stayed at Elland Road and remained number one choce under Daniel Farke. It has been rumoured that the Whites will spend £100m this Summer if they go up. Will some of that be reserved for a new keeper?

Elland Road faithful heard from almost 3 miles away

Over the years, Leeds fans have more than played their part in helping the Whites lift their game, whether it be at a packed out Elland Road, or a midweek jaunt to Plymouth in gale force winds and pouring rain. Leeds are one of only three teams in the entire football league to remain undefeated at home all season - and the ER faithful can certainly take some credit for that!

During the recent top of the table clash against Leicester City, Leeds fans could be heard quite vividly 2.4m away on the edge of Middleton Park, where an 18yo maths student was on his way back home to pick up his ID. Clear as day, delirious Leeds fans could clearly be heard, captured by Maciek Goldyn on his mobile phone as he hung outside his bedroom window. It was a testament to their dedication and passion for the club, akin to the excitement one might experience when you try 5 Euro minimum deposit casino for the first time. According to Phil Hay...

Over on the edge of Middleton Park, south of Leeds towards the M62 motorway, Maciek Goldyn, an 18-year-old mathematics student, was rushing home. He was on a night out for a friend’s birthday but had forgotten his ID and nipped back to get it. When he reached his front door, he heard the noise go up at Elland Road at the end of Leeds United’s 3-1 win over Leicester City, the raw elation of a frenetic evening audible from a long distance. Goldyn hung out of his bedroom window and took a video on his mobile, which rapidly went viral on Twitter.

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Irish Ian wrote on 28 Feb 2024 06:54 pm

How much would it cost to replace him is always the question.

Anything over £5M ( and in his case I think it is) then you hold on to him.

And if we go up and the gap is less than two points then how much will that save v Leicester be worth?

White Riot wrote on 28 Feb 2024 05:39 pm

When we get promoted I'm happy to sell Meslier to the highest bidder. He still doesn't inspire confidence, even at this level. Nice guy, but we can do much better and need to if we have ambitions to progress at the highest level. Firpo, Cooper and Bamford, can also go for me. Thanks for your efforts lads and good luck.

Reedy wrote on 28 Feb 2024 04:49 pm

I like Meslier, his reactions are superb (I’m still trying to work out how he saved that header in the dying seconds away at Leicester!)

I’m all for someone coming in to offer more competition (particularly if we get promoted) but having a settled defence helps massively and I also think he suits the way Farke wants to play - although for me the first job of a keeper is to keep ball out of the net!

Reedy wrote on 28 Feb 2024 04:44 pm

AcrossThePondAsh wrote: Wed Feb 28, 2024 9:17 am For those that missed it in the match thread.

2.4 miles away...MOT. Gives me chills :scar1

Source: ... lufcmaciek
Gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it.

weasel wrote on 28 Feb 2024 04:40 pm

It is quite remarkable that Messlier is the only regular starter from last year that is a regular starter for us this season. People have downplayed Farke's achievement so far this season because we have a great sqaud etc but the only players apart from Messlier that are starting this season were bit part players last year, Summerville probably played the most matches as an outfield player for a player that was here last year. I