Illan Meslier could become an “outrageously brilliant” goalkeeper by remaining at Leeds United, according to Alex McLeish.
The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the 21-year-old has already shown “remarkable” maturity between the sticks at Elland Road.
As revealed by Football Insider this week, Leeds will not listen to offers for the shot-stopper this summer amid links to the likes of PSG and West Ham.
It is understood the Whites see Meslier as their number one keeper for next season after an impressive debut campaign in the Premier League.
Meslier broke into the side following Kiko Casilla’s ban last summer and has not relinquished his spot.
He has kept nine clean sheets in 28 league games so far and is the youngest first-choice goalkeeper in the division.
McLeish admitted the Frenchman had been hugely impressive this term.
He also suggested the young keeper would only continue to develop by staying at Leeds.
McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “You’ve got to keep your best players. He’s some goalie and he is remarkable. He’s remarkably mature.
“Whether we’ll see a spell of him showing he’s only human and chipping one in now and again, those moments have yet to come.
“If he can keep progressing at the level he is at, phwoar. Then he’d be quite an outrageously brilliant young goalkeeper.
“He looks a great goalie. I don’t want to jinx him where he ships a few goals in the next couple of weeks.”
Meslier has made 39 appearances across all competitions for Leeds.
He has only missed one league appearance for the Whites this term.