Illan Meslier has reflected upon the progress he has made in goal for Leeds United over the past year.
Meslier has established himself as Leeds’ first choice goalkeeper since his arrival from Lorient in 2019. It took him a few months to usurp Kiko Casilla as number one, but since taking that role, he hasn’t looked back.
The French youngster helped Leeds gain promotion from the Championship last season, before completing a permanent transfer. He has since cemented his place in their starting lineup in the Premier League.
Still only 20, Meslier is progressing reasonably well – and has now opened up on how he feels he has developed since becoming Leeds number one.
“Big changes and big progression,” he told LUTV of what the past 12 months have been like for him.
“Very happy because one year ago I started my first game in the Championship and now I am at 22 games in the Premier League.
“Of course, it is good, I am happy, but I want to continue in this way because it is important for me.
“It is just the beginning of my career and I cannot stop now.
“I need to keep working, training but I am happy for the team because last year we were in the Championship and now we are in the Premier League.
“So, it is good progression for everyone.”
Meslier sets target
At his age, Meslier still has plenty of developing to do. While he is unsure about what his specific targets for improvement are, he knows one statistic against his name that he wants to reduce.
“I do not know, it is difficult,” he replied when asked for a target for the next 12 months.
“I try to find the best of me in every game, but it is true, it is not easy.
“But yes, I want to concede less goals of course.”
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