Paul Robinson has told Optus Sport’s coverage of Leeds United drawing with West Ham during commentary that Illan Meslier will be playing Champions League football in the next few years – and Leeds will struggle to keep hold of him.
Meslier, 22, has surpassed 100 appearances for the Whites – keeping a total of 28 clean sheets and conceding 171 goals. A lot of that, though, has come under Marcelo Bielsa and in a Leeds side that are more focused on attacking.
The Frenchman found himself somewhat unlucky not to be called up by France for the World Cup. Quite bizarrely, Didier Deschamps chose to pick 37-year-old Steve Mandanda and West Ham back-up goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.
That, instead of Meslier as cover for Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris. Nevertheless, Meslier is expected to be France’s no.1 in a matter of years. RMC Sport claim Newcastle, Chelsea and Bayern Munich all want Meslier. Robinson had his say.
“This is the best season I’ve seen him play. The problem Leeds have got, is whether they can keep hold of him in all honesty. I can see him playing in the Champions League in the not too distant future,” Robinson said on Optus Sport.
Robinson: Leeds will struggle to keep hold of Meslier amid interest in him
Now, a move to the likes of Newcastle, Bayern or Chelsea would prove tantalising. But the chances are, he would not be first choice should he join any of those clubs. Surely, Meslier is best served remaining at Leeds and building more.
With a contract until June 2026, Leeds are under no pressure to sell. Indeed, they have every chance of keeping Meslier for the next two or three years. When Meslier does move on, he might have 200 games under his belt for Leeds.
At that point, you would argue he would be ready to step into the sticks of a Chelsea or a Bayern. Right now, he is only good enough to sit on their bench. Meslier is likely to retain his place on Sunday when the Whites face Cardiff City.