Leeds could lose ever-present star as vultures circle

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Leeds United have enjoyed an exciting start to the Premier League season.

The club have turned in some incredible performances, taking Liverpool to the limit in a 4-3 defeat, and also taking a point off Manchester City at Elland Road.

However, they have also endured some pretty surprising defeats, losing 4-1 to Crystal Palace last time out and also going down 4-1 to Leicester City.

Nevertheless, their record of three wins, four losses, and one draw leaves them 15th, already seven points clear of 18th-placed West Bromwich Albion.

One player who has been central to their start to the season has been Illan Meslier, the young goalkeeper.

Signed on a permanent basis from Lorient in the summer, he has played in every Premier League game thus far this season and, while he has shipped 17 goals, he has impressed at times with his shot-stopping, leadership, and distribution.

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And it seems that his performances are not going unnoticed.

Sport Witness carries a report from Gazzetta dello Sport claiming that a number of Serie A clubs are keeping an eye on his development.

They claim that scouts are watching him regularly, though they do not name any particular clubs as being interested.

Still, this is a threat that may linger over Leeds; Meslier could well be in demand when the transfer window rolls around.

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

This is unsurprising.

Meslier has taken to Premier League football like a duck to water and is still only 20.

Most goalkeepers of that age are out on loan at lower-league clubs or playing for the U23s, not starting every single top-flight game.

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It’s not like he has been drafted in after an injury, either; manager Marcelo Bielsa clearly rates him highly and believes he is the best man for the job.

It should come as little surprise, then, that top clubs on the continent are paying close attention.

Such excellent performances are invariably a double-edged sword and he could well end up leaving sooner rather than later; Leeds must do all they can to keep him around.

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