Leeds United can be very proud of how they played against Arsenal on Monday evening.
The Whites put in an incredible performance against the Gunners, to the point where Graham Smyth described the first-half as a battering.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for the Yorkshire outfit at the Emirates as they lost 1-0 courtesy of a second-half Reiss Nelson goal.
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However, there were some fantastic performances from Marcelo Bielsa’s men, and one man who certainly caught the eye was Illan Meslier.
The Frenchman was making his senior debut for Leeds, and despite playing against an incredibly talented frontline made up of a World Cup winner, a £72m man and a former Ligue 1 Golden Boot winner, he managed to concede just one goal, and he couldn’t do much about that one.
Understandably, a number of United supporters took to Twitter to wax-lyrical about the goalkeeper.
Meslier is decent , been very impressed with him #LUFC
— James (@sambrookjames) January 6, 2020
Meslier for ballon d’or
— RichardLufc (@RichardLuFc) January 6, 2020
Meslier so far 👏🏻 superb debut!
— Micky T (@MWT89) January 6, 2020
Meslier is unreal!
— Simon 💙💛 (@ElGaineseo) January 6, 2020
It was good to see that Meslier had performed so well on his debut as he could be needed as a starter sooner rather than later due to a potential impending ban for Kiko Casilla.
His performances alleviated the worries of a number of Leeds supporters surrounding a potential period on the sidelines for the Spaniard.
Throughout the tie, Meslier made four saves and completed 82% of his passes, via WhoScored.
If one thing has been answered tonight it’s we will be fine if they ban Kiko #lufc
— Morley white (@morleywhites) January 6, 2020
Meslier is far more confident than Kiko, can’t wait for the ban. #lufc
— John 🐯🏴💙💛⚔️ (@john_bartrop) January 6, 2020
Should Casilla get banned think we’re gonna be alright with Meslier 👏🏼👏🏼
— Josh /// (@LUFC_josh) January 6, 2020
When Casilla gets banned I have absolutely no problem in Meslier being in net, confident, composed, class #LUFC
— Adam Cater (@cater_adam) January 6, 2020
Others urged the club to sign Meslier on a permanent deal off the back of his strong debut performance.
Fortunately, Leeds have an option to buy the Frenchman, so these supporters’ dreams could soon become a reality.
We need to sign Meslier permanently. Tonight.
— Tasker (@Mr_Tasker) January 6, 2020
Hope we sign Meslier permanent, Leeds number 1 in the future
— BC (@BC_LUFC) January 6, 2020
Sign Meslier permanently immediately. My word #lufc
— Mike (@Mike_James118) January 6, 2020