Exclusive: Danny Mills blown away by one Leeds player in win: 'He proved a point'
Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier “proved a point” with his performance against Sheffield United yesterday, according to Danny Mills.
The former Whites and Manchester City defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that “half a question” had been asked of the 20-year-old after Leeds conceded seven goals in their opening two Premier League fixtures.
Meslier starred on Sunday as Marcelo Bielsa’s side recorded their second consecutive win and first clean sheet of the campaign with a 1-0 victory away to Sheffield United.
Very important win today and first clean sheet, so happy for my team 🤟🏻💙 pic.twitter.com/mwf4UDMSSD
— Illan Meslier (@MeslierIllan) September 27, 2020
The French goalkeeper, who signed permanently for Leeds on a three-year deal this summer, replaced Kiko Casilla at the back end of the 2019/20 campaign and has retained number one status since.
Mills hailed Meslier’s performance against Chris Wilder’s side and tipped the shot-stopper to go from strength to strength.
“He made some very important saves and that will do his confidence the world of good,” he told Football Insider.
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“There has been one or two questionable moments this season but that is going to happen.
“We have seen a lot of goalkeepers struggle this season. You just have to look at Kepa and Jordan Pickford and they are established goalkeepers.
“There was half a half a question asked of Meslier but yesterday he proved a point. He is a very able, very capable goalkeeper with a big future.”
Speaking on Meslier and Patrick Bamford after the win, Bielsa said: “They are part of a structure of a team which allows these individuals to make those differences whether they be scoring goals or in defence.
“In the case of Bamford, at the moment he is making our offensive game very good, or more concrete and in the case of Meslier, he had some very important saves.”
In other Leeds United news, Darren Bent suggests big name may be unhappy with role Bielsa has given him.