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Leeds United Receive Positive Update In Frenchman’s Transfer Saga: They Must Keep Him At All Costs

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

According to journalist Nicholas Filhol, as cited by Yorkshire Evening Post, Marseille’s pursuit of Illan Meslier is likely to fail. The Leeds United goalkeeper had emerged as their desired long-term replacement for Steve Mandanda. Filhol, however, believes that the Ligue 1 outfit don’t have it in them to sign the Frenchman this summer.

“You have to forget Meslier. The guy is really having a good season in the Premier League. Leeds paid a little for him so there it is. If you want to take him from Leeds, it will be a big English club and it will not be Marseille”, Filhol told French publication Football Club de Marseille.

Illan Meslier: One Of The Rising Stars In The Premier League

Illan Meslier’s debut campaign in the Premier League has largely been a successful one so far, following a relatively difficult start. Although Leeds United have emerged as one of the worst defences in the league, the youngster has performed consistently, proving to be a real asset in between the sticks for the Yorkshire club.

As a matter of fact, the Frenchman averages the joint most saves per game in the Premier League this season, along with Sam Johnstone of West Bromwich Albion. Apart from his saves, Meslier has seemingly improved in regards to his claims and punches, significantly appearing more dominant in the box.

It has ultimately aided Leeds United, even though the Whites have pretty much endured a roller coaster ride throughout the most part of the campaign. In recent weeks, though, they have improved their defensive record by conceding just four goals in the last five matches with Meslier playing a vital role behind this surge of form.

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Why Leeds United Must Keep Hold Of Meslier

While Marseille may not seem like a big challenge, as far as keeping hold of Meslier is concerned. The Whites certainly need to keep the Frenchman away from the grasps from other clubs in England, including the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, who are actively in search of a new goalkeeper to replace Hugo Lloris in the long run.

Looking at his performances in the Premier League this term, Meslier undoubtedly has the potential to become one of the best goalkeepers in the league. He has already experienced a lot of improvement in his game and in time could become a real asset for the side.

Meslier’s long-term future could largely depend on how Victor Orta and his crew shape the team for the next couple of years, following a successful return to the Premier League. But in the meantime, the Yorkshire outfit must certainly keep hold of the 21-year-old.

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