This Premier League season is proving to be an extremely interesting one as unlikely teams make up the top four and regular heavyweights continue to struggle. In what could be the most exciting campaign in a long time, managers are scrambling to change their teams and are taking desperate measures.
The likes of Everton and Chelsea have resorted to dropping their first choice goalkeepers and replacing them with fringe options. Kepa Arrizabalaga continues to disappoint Frank Lampard having been replaced by Edouard Mendy. More and more clubs could follow suit with this trend if results start not going their way.
Football FanCast spoke to former goalkeeper Chris Kirkland and delivered his take on the situation. When asked could Leeds’ Illan Meslier be next in the firing line of the Premier League goalkeepers, the 39-year-old said: “Yeah, he’s possibly the one I think. The number 2 on the bench for Leeds, Casilla, hasn’t had a great time when he’s played.”
The 20-year-old shot-stopper joined the Whites permanently this summer after enjoying a loan spell in Yorkshire. The £7.2million-rated Frenchman has usurped veteran Kiko Casilla in between the sticks after helping to guide his side to promotion after a long 16 years away from the Premier League.
However, it’s a tough one for the youngster who has looked strong on certain days, but lost on others. Meslier did well to keep a clean sheet against Aston Villa recently, but was made an example of last time out as Leicester hit him for four. He has also been praised by Darren Bent for some of his performances, recently earning the title of “absolutely superb” after showing areas of improvements (via Leeds Live).
Bielsa will not want to see his side slip back into the Championship. He has already started to take desperate measures after bringing Jamie Shackleton off against the Foxes last weekend. The Argentinian has shown he is not afraid of making cut-throat decisions for the benefit of the team. Unfortunately for Meslier, he could be the next big switch up in the Leeds line up.