Leeds tipped to bring in veteran 39-year-old star to provide vital cover in key area
Jesse Marsch has been advised to consider bringing in experienced goalkeeping cover for Illan Meslier this summer if Leeds United want to help their young French talent reach a higher level.
The American coach has made a solid start to life in the Elland Road dugout. A four-match unbeaten run, which includes wins over Norwich, Wolves and Watford, means the Whites can breathe a tad easier in the relegation dogfight. As things stand, they are currently eight points clear of the drop zone.
However, 18th-placed Burnley can still make life uncomfortable for United and 17th-placed Everton who sandwich the two sides. Indeed, the managerless Clarets play twice – against Southampton on Thursday and Wolves on Sunday – before Leeds play again.
Therefore, the Whites will probably need to put some more points on the board before they can start to breathe more easy.
Of course, for Leeds, they have been beset by a number of injury issues this season. Patrick Bamford has missed the majority of the season and now looks like he’s done until 2022/23.
And just as damaging for Leeds has been the long-term absences of Liam Cooper and Kalvin Phillips. The pair only just returned to action in recent games after rupturing hamstrings on December 5.
Virtually ever-present Meslier
Thankfully for Leeds, their goalkeeper Meslier has been virtually an ever-present this season. Aside from his enforced injury substitution in the win at Molineux, the France U21 international has not missed a moment’s action.
Indeed, he has been largely unopposed as Leeds United No 1 since taking over from Kiko Casilla in 2020.
Leeds do have a couple of other young keepers on their books in Kristoffer Klaesson and Dani van den Heuvel. However, they lack any sort of experience should Meslier succumb to injury or suspension at any stage.
And while Klaesson did extremely well when coming in cold against Wolves, it’s a precarious position for any Premier League side to be in.
Leeds should consider Ben Foster
However, YouTuber KageyVision, who has close links to Leeds, claims the club could do far worse than target veteran Ben Foster.
Speaking on the One Leeds Fan Channel, he claims the 39-year-old could tick plenty of boxes for Marsch.
Explaining his thinking, he stated: “I just think you need an experienced head to go with.
“Leeds need someone who can step in if it ever gets tough for Meslier, but is also giving him the experience, is giving him the knowledge, the know-how. Ben Foster is a decent shout.”
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Former England international Foster counts Manchester United among his plethora of former clubs.
Still going strong at the age of 39, he has amassed 531 career appearances, spanning 22 years.
Meslier’s form for Leeds this season has received a little criticism from certain sections of their fanbase.
However, any criticism of Meslier is harsh and he’s generally been excellent for Leeds this season, making a number of key saves.
Indeed, his efforts this season have drawn a number of admiring glances with Barcelona seemingly among his suitors.