Good Morning. It's Tuesday 30th March, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Meslier to be offered improved long-term contract
Football Insider report that Illan Meslier is set to be offered a new improved contract at Elland Road. The young French keeper has impressed during his first season in the Premier League. Meslier has kept an impressive nine clean sheets this season, a record for a keeper under the age if 21, ranking sixth in the league behind big names such as Hugo Lloris, Kasper Schmeichel and Ederson. It is fair to say that Leeds United’s style of play can expose their goalkeeper and with 109 saves, Meslier ranks second in the league behind Sam Johnstone.
Initially signed on loan, Meslier made his move from Lorient permanent last summer for a price tag in the region of £5 million. With only two years left on his deal and his performances drawing the interest of top teams Leeds are keen to secure the young Frenchman for the foreseeable future. Do you think Meslier is the right man for Leeds in the long term? If he secures a new improved contract firmly securing his position as Leeds United’s number 1 what does it mean for Kiki Casilla? Is it time for the Spaniard to move on this summer?
Time to see what our talented crop of young forwards can do?
Leeds United youngster Max Dean has put pen to paper on his first professional contract having impressed for the Under 23s this season. The young striker has scored 6 goals in his 10 appearances for Mark Jackson’s side this season and Noel Wheelan has tipped Dean to be involved with the first team squad next season…
It is all about the development now and the coaching. Can he adapt quickly when he makes that step up to a higher level? There is no reason why next season he can’t be involved. He has come through this stage with flying colours and it is now about looking to the next stage.
He needs to put pressure on the people ahead of him and he has done that already. Now he has to fight to get a position in the squad. The pro contract gives him the stepping stone to try and be what we expect him to be.
An exciting prospect indeed but with the wealth of talent up front in the Under 23’s at the moment there could be a few players more likely to get their chance with the first team before Dean. Sam Greenwood who signed from Arsenal this summer has scored 8 in 15, whilst Joe Gelhardt has scored 11 in 15 appearances. With the past two seasons effort clearly catching up with Patrick Bamford is it time we saw more of this talented young crop of forwards in the first team?
Leeds keen on England U21 starlet Noni Madueke
Keeping things focused on the next generation, according to The Evening Standard Leeds are one of the sides putting feelers out for PSV winger Noni Madueke. The 19 year old has impressed in the Eredivisie this season, scoring nine goals and getting a further eight assists across all competitions, including three goal contributions in the Europa League. The 19-year-old is currently on international duty with England’s U21s in the European Championships, with coach Aidy Boothroyd raving about his ability…
He’s a powerhouse of a player, technically very good, left-footed and likes to come in off the side of the pitch, off the right and go and link. He’s got a goal in him, he’s very creative. He’s got a massive smile, a lovely kid. The lads have taken to him, as they would because he’s a good player, he has that respect for what he’s done at PSV.
Do Leeds need more strength on the wing? With Jack Harrison, Raphinha, Ian Poveda and Helder Costa there is already competition for paces, with youngster and Crysencio Summerville who has impressed for the Under 23’s this season and also made an impact in the Eredivisie looking to make his breakthrough to the first team.