Illian Meslier’s agent Yvon Pouliquen has told Le Telegramme that the French goalkeeper made the right decision to leave Lorient on loan and join Leeds, after Lorient manager Christophe Pelissier criticised the decision earlier this week.
Meslier, 19, joined Leeds on loan in the summer after the Whites sold Bailey Peacock-Farrell to Burnley for £3.5million. The France youth international is one of six players currently on loan at Elland Road, under the stewardship of Marcelo Bielsa.
However, Meslier is yet to make a senior appearance for Leeds. Indeed, his place on the bench hs now gone, with Pablo Hernandez’s injury meaning Tottenham loanee Jack Clarke has reemerged into the 18 – preventing Meslier from being named.
Pelissier was quoted by Le Telegramme as saying he was “disappointed” by Meslier and his decision to sit on the sidelines at Leeds instead of doing so at Lorient. Now, Meslier’s agent Pouliquen has hit back, defending the young goalkeeper.
“Illan was warned 48 hours before the start of the championship that he would be No. 2 this season,” Pouliquen said. “He did not choose to find a way around the difficulty, but on the contrary to increase it, by choosing to respond favourably to Leeds and Marcelo Bielsa.
“He continues his progression alongside a very good goalkeeping coach and a Spanish goalkeeper. Do not forget that he still belongs to FC Lorient.”
TBR’s view – Has Meslier made the right decision with Leeds?
Right now, it seems as though Meslier would have probably had more chance of appearing for Lorient – given he has clocked up 30 senior appearances for the French side during his short career.
But the benefits of being at Leeds include working under Bielsa, alongside a former Spain and Real Madrid stopper in Casilla, and the chance to play for one of England’s biggest clubs in one of the most hostile stadiums.