Honestly? He's Wrong - Exclusive: Agbonlahor disagrees with Whelan over axing Leeds star
Gabriel Agbonlahor has backed under fire Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier and called on Marcelo Bielsa to give him time.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Aston Villa and England striker claimed the 20-year-old has adapted well to the Premier League.
Leeds have conceded 17 goals this season, the joint most along with West Brom, in the Premier League.
The Yorkshire giants have lost their last two games 4-1 to Leicester City and Crystal Palace, respectively.
Meslier was arguably at fault for Palace’s third goal on Saturday when Patrick van Aanholt’s cross took a deflection from Helder Costa before beating him at the near post.
Pundits including Football Insider’s own Noel Whelan have called on Bielsa to look at signing a more senior keeper like out-of-favour Southampton stopper Fraser Forster.
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Asked by Football Insider whether he agrees with the assessment that the club need to add another goalkeeper, Agbonlahor said: “I don’t think so, to be honest.
“He’s done well this season.
“I think that goal against Crystal Palace was a tough one, it was a deflection and he’s tried to read the cross. I wouldn’t call that a blunder to be honest, it was a bit unlucky.
“I think he’s done quite well and I think sometimes you’ve got to give keepers a chance and a few games to play, you can’t just drop him.
“Look at Jordan Pickford, Carlo Ancelotti has stuck with him apart from leaving out for one game.
“I think they’ll be fine with him.”
Meslier kept seven clean sheets in 10 Championship games last term after he was given a run in the side following Kiko Casilla’s eight-game racism ban.