270 minutes of action has already proven Leeds would be wise to spend £5m – opinion

There were plenty of questions to be asked when Kiko Casilla was handed an eight-game ban for racially abusing Jonathan Leko earlier this season.

How will Leeds cope? Will Illan Meslier cope with the pressure? Is Meslier even good enough?

Well, we’re a couple of weeks removed from the FA’s ruling on the Spaniard, and a number of those worries have been massively alleviated.

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Meslier has come into the team and fitted like a glove with two league starts and two clean sheets.

Illan Meslier league apps - 270 minutes of action has already proven Leeds would be wise to spend £5m – opinion

What more can you ask for from a goalkeeper? He’s saved every shot that’s come his way so far in the league, and he’s stood between the sticks for two wins in his first two Championship outings.

However, he has previously tasted defeat while playing for the Yorkshire club in his debut against Arsenal in the FA Cup.

The Frenchman only conceded once despite facing a frontline that boasted a whole host of talent including a £72m winger and a former World Cup winner, and after that match both sets of supporters took to social media to praise him.

The 19-year-old is far from a proven talent, but he looks like he has the world at his feet, or perhaps more aptly in his hands considering he’s a goalkeeper.

In just 270 minutes of action, the teenager has gone a long way towards proving why Chelsea and Monaco have previously chased his signature, and he’s also shown that United shouldn’t hesitate to spend £5m on him – that’s the reported fee involved should Leeds seal a permanent acquisition.

Even if he’s not their first-choice next season, at just 19 the goalkeeper plausibly has more than 15 years to go in his career, and if he can build on what he’s already shown he will be a top talent one day.

United will only live to regret not signing him if he goes onto bigger and better things after this loan spell, and if he doesn’t live up to the billing, they’ve still got a handy number two who could be a useful commodity for years to come.

No matter which way you look at it, £5m for a teenage goalkeeper with plenty of potential is value for money, and United need to make sure they trigger their option to buy this summer.

In other news, One Championship striker highlights just how badly Victor Orta got things wrong in January.

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