Reports from France this week provided Leeds fans with a little cause for concern, with RMC Sport claiming that Illan Meslier could look to leave Elland Road as early as the January transfer window.
Meslier has been one of our players of the season so far. He has returned to form in a big way. So it is not entirely a surprise to see him attracting interest.
RMC Sport reported however, that Newcastle were very keen on Meslier. Bayern Munich and Chelsea are also in the mix for the 22-year-old.
Newcastle move makes no sense for Illan Meslier
Of course, we are always going to struggle to hold onto players if the likes of Bayern or the Blues come in. But the links with Newcastle seem a little strange, particularly when discussing a move which could come in one of the next few windows.
The Magpies are absolutely flying. And they are only going in one direction given the financial strength they now have.
Most of the players in the Leeds squad would be given food for thought if Newcastle made a move right now. That is just the reality of where the two clubs are, with our direction less clear under Jesse Marsch.
But if there is one player who should not be interested in moving to St James’ Park anytime soon, it is surely Meslier.
Meslier has been excellent for much of this season. But Newcastle currently boast perhaps the best goalkeeper in the Premier League. No one has kept more clean sheets this season than Nick Pope.
He is also the goalkeeper with the second-highest save percentage in the division (via FBRef).
Obviously, that is not all that a goalkeeper is judged on nowadays. And Meslier has enormous potential. His distribution will be better than Pope’s currently is.
But Newcastle are not going to drop Pope anytime soon. And given that he is only 30 years of age, there is no reason why he cannot be number one for several years yet.
Meslier therefore, would likely be number two for some time if he did decide to go. He may back himself to battle for the top spot anywhere. But he is not the finished article just yet.
So surely, while we can be concerned about the growing interest in Meslier, a move to Newcastle should not be a worry – despite the reports.