Alex McLeish has admitted he has been blown away by Illan Meslier’s “amazing” rise at Leeds United.
The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 21-year-old had shown “tremendous” maturity this season.
As revealed by Football Insider, West Ham are keeping tabs on the Frenchman after establishing himself as the youngest first-choice goalkeeper in the league.
The Irons are assessing options as they work on a new deal for Lukasz Fabianski.
Meslier ousted Kiko Casilla as Leeds’ number one last season.
He has started all but one Premier League game this term, with illness keeping him out versus Brighton.
Speaking to the LUFC Fan Zone podcast, Xavier Fleury, Meslier’s agent, stated “big clubs” were showing interest in the young shot-stopper.
McLeish admitted goalkeepers usually relied on their experience but insisted the Leeds keeper was bucking the trend.
McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “That is amazing because goalies, they’re more into the maturity side of things. Look at Allan McGregor at Rangers.
“Young boys, you seem to think: ‘Awh, he’s not ready.’ You look at them and you see them in their early days.
“There’s always a spritely thing about them. When they get more experience, their radar takes them into areas where they know the ball’s going to come from.
“For this kid to be playing with the maturity that he’s playing with, that is really, really impressive.
“For the goalie’s union, that is tremendous work, I think, from that young man.”