Leeds United will face their next Premier League challenge as they host West Ham at Elland Road this evening. Marcelo Bielsa has already revealed his starting lineup amid a double injury blow which sees both centre-backs Robin Koch and Diego Llorente sidelined.
The backline must be on-form tonight as the Whites vie for three points, but they have a good chance of keeping the Irons at bay as they will be without attacking threat Michail Antonio.
One man who has a big opportunity to prove himself is Illan Meslier, following some unfair criticism.
Mark Lawrenson recently told BBC Sport that he “wasn’t convinced” by the Frenchman’s ability in between the sticks. Whilst he may have had a few sub-par performances this season, to doubt his skills as a goalkeeper seems unfair given his efforts so far.
Meslier helped Leeds win the Championship last campaign and secure promotion after 16 long years out of England’s top flight. Adapting to the demand and the intensity of the Premier League has been tough for Marcelo Bielsa and his team, but they are currently doing better than the likes of Sheffield United, who enjoyed strong finish in the league last season.
With Antonio out of David Moyes’ squad, Meslier won’t have to worry about facing the clinical striker. He will still need to put in a solid display but he can take the glory for himself if Leeds keep a clean sheet.
With both Koch and Llorente out, the £20,000 per week youngster has a huge chance to hit back at his critics and prove that he is the man Bielsa can rely on moving forwards.