Bruce Exclusive: I had to ask how old standout Leeds youngster is after recent sighting
Alex Bruce has revealed he has been so impressed by Illan Meslier he had to ask how old the Leeds United youngster really is.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United and Premier League defender raved about the Frenchman following his performance in the Yorkshire derby win against Huddersfield last weekend.
Bruce was at Elland Road to see Meslier in action as he kept a clean sheet in Leeds’ 2-0 to secure a fifth consecutive win for the team.
The summer-of-2019 signing turned 20 earlier this month and has taken over in goal following the eight-match ban handed by the FA to Kiko Casilla after he was found guilty of racism.
Bruce, who was at Elland Road last weekend, told Football Insider: “I thought Meslier was alright, I watched him against Huddersfield, he came into the team, he didn’t have much to do to be honest but everything that I did see impressed me.
“I did ask the question how old is he, he’s very young, so the fact that Bielsa’s thrown him straight in there shows Bielsa’s got a lot of confidence in him in a pressure cooker environment, I thought he handled it very well.
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“He’s a nice striker of the ball, which goalkeepers obviously have to be, handles the ball well with his feet, so yeah, I was impressed.”
Meslier faces a wait for his next United action following the decision today to postpone all Premier League and Football League matches until at least 4 April.
He had been due to make his fourth appearance against Cardiff City tomorrow but that will not now go ahead as planned.
In other Leeds United news, a very significant update on the future of Jean-Kevin Augustin can be revealed.