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Former Leeds boss praises Illan Meslier’s performances this season

Neil Redfearn has praised Illan Meslier’s character as the goal keeper vastly improved despite his struggles in the Premier League last season.

The 23-year old has established himself as the Leeds number one this season, benching new signing Karl Darlow. Meslier lost his place in the team towards the end of their relegation campaign in the Premier League. However, his recent performances have led to three consecutive clean sheets.

Former Leeds boss Neil Redfearn has praised the French keeper’s start to the season:

“Meslier in goal was good tonight.” Redfearn said speaking to BBC Radio Leeds.

“He is growing into a top young goalkeeper.

“He had it rough in the Premier League [but] he has shown character and these clean sheets will do him a power of good.”

Last week, Meslier sat down with Leeds United’s official podcast. He spoke on the reason he turned down the chance to leave Elland Road this summer:

“Also, it wasn’t good for me maybe to leave and just leave the club in the second division. You go somewhere to play and see them in the middle of the table in the second division, you think ‘oh no’, you contribute to this result.

“I think the best result for me, personally, inside myself, was like ‘OK, stay, play, big performance and try to give your best to put Leeds in the first two places to be promoted directly and let’s see after’.”

After his performances so far this season, the Frenchman is really delivering on his promise.

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