Noel Whelan has told BBC Radio Leeds that Illan Meslier is maturing into a fantastic goalkeeper following his display in Leeds United’s win over Everton on Saturday.
The Whites got back to winning ways thanks to a late Raphinha strike. However, it is remarkable that the game was decided by just one goal. As shown by BBC Sport, there were 38 attempts between the two sides.
Both goalkeepers made a number of stunning saves. Jordan Pickford may have silenced some of his doubters. But Meslier certainly managed to make a big impression.
He made some outstanding saves, including one from Abdoulaye Doucoure during the first-half. And Whelan suggested that he has been hugely impressed by the Frenchman’s development.
“Some of the saves today from both keepers, it wasn’t just Meslier, but he was important when he needed to be. It wasn’t all firing balls at him and he had to be there and he was worked and worked and worked. But the chances that Everton had, he had to be fully alert and show his best. And he certainly did that,” he told BBC Radio Leeds.
“The Doucoure save was excellent. Then there was a double save again in the second-half, brave getting down to Richarlison’s feet. That is what you need from him. And he’s really maturing into a fantastic goalkeeper.”
Meslier’s performance at Goodison Park arguably summed up his time as first-choice quite nicely. There were a couple of nervy moments from the 20-year-old. But they were largely overshadowed by some real quality.
He has now kept four clean sheets in 10 league appearances in the top flight. And in each of those games, you could pick out at least one world-class save.
And given his age, he should arguably only get better in the coming months and years. Given where he is now, that could be a frightening thought.