Leeds United have welcomed a lot of thrilling skills to Elland Street throughout Victor Orta’s tenure because the membership’s director of soccer, with Joe Gelhadrt, Sam Greenwood, Crysencio Summerville, Darko Gyabi, Sonny Perkins and Mateo Joseph – amongst others – all arriving in LS11 over the past three years.
Nevertheless, whereas a lot of these gamers are both already a daily a part of Jesse Marsch’s first crew squad or catching the attention in Michael Skubala’s U21 aspect, there’s one teenager Orta introduced into the membership who has arguably been of the Whites’ finest signings in latest reminiscence – Illan Meslier.
Certainly, after impressing throughout a season-long mortgage spell again in 2019/20, Leeds paid FC Lorient simply £5m to make the goalkeeper’s non permanent change a everlasting transfer in the summertime of 2020 – with the 22-year-old having greater than proved price a minimum of ten occasions this outlay within the time since.
Certainly, the £35m-rated shot-stopper extremely impressed over his first two seasons within the high flight, making a mean of 4.0 and 3.8 saves per recreation in 20/21 and 21/22 respectively – the second-most and most of any ‘keeper every season – in addition to averaging SofaScore match scores of 7.13 and 6.87 – rating him as Leeds’ third-best and sixth-best performer in every respective marketing campaign.
It has been an identical case over the £22k-per-week expertise’s seven Premier League appearances to date this season, having saved two clear sheets and made a mean of three.3 saves – at a hit fee of 70% – per recreation, with these metrics seeing the France U21 worldwide common a SofaScore match ranking of 6.93 – rating him because the Whites’ sixth-best participant within the league.
And, following the teenager’s show-stopping show within the 0-0 draw with Aston Villa on Sunday, former Leeds defender Matthew Kilgallon acknowledged his perception that Meslier is now one of many main goalkeepers within the high flight in one-on-one conditions.
In feedback cited by The Yorkshire Put up, the 38-year-old mentioned:
“He got here out waving just a few occasions, didn’t he? However have you learnt what I like about him, he’ll come out once more. And he did, and he caught one within the second half. That’s what I like about him. You’ll be able to inform he’s a assured lad. His one-on-one saves, he’s most likely the most effective within the league, in my view.”
As such, contemplating his extraordinary improvement over the previous two years, along with the truth that the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United are reported to have an interest within the goalkeeper, it’s clear to see that Orta very a lot hit the jackpot on the “unreal” – within the phrases of Graham Smyth – Meslier.