Illan Meslier shares how Kristoffer Klaesson has helped him in Leeds training
Illan Meslier has told BBC Radio Leeds that Kristoffer Klaesson is helping get the best out of him, by pushing the Frenchman in Leeds training.
Meslier, along with Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips, has probably been the Yorkshire side’s best player this term. He has let in 14 goals in six games.
It would have been a lot worse had it not been for Meslier, who continues to shine for the Whites in goal. He has two clean sheets in the Carabao Cup.
New signing Klaesson, meanwhile, is yet to make his senior debut for Leeds but has been a regular in the Under-23 side – since joining in the summer.
Speaking about his form, Meslier has explained how new signing Klaesson is helping him – by bringing the best out of the ex-Lorient star in training.
“He’s a good team mate,” Meslier said. “I needed him to keep up my progress. Sometimes it’s not easy when you have nothing behind you.
“It can be difficult to come in every day and keep training hard. But when you have people who help you to train, to keep pushing you.
“Then it’s better and it’s maybe because of this that I have made some good saves. In training I try to push him and he pushes me.”
Meslier on Klaesson: When will Leeds star get his chance?
Unless Meslier becomes unavailable, the chances are that the Frenchman will continue to start – until the third round of the FA Cup in January.
That is the first realistic chance Klaesson has of starting – and it all depends on who Leeds pull out of the hat when they enter the competition.
Leeds have faced Crewe and Fulham in the Carabao Cup and Marcelo Bielsa started Meslier in both. Perhaps, to allow Klaesson to settle first.
He has been impressing in the 23’s and by then, you would like to think he would be ready to start at senior level. Meslier’s comments are encouraging.