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Illan Meslier is already in the top 50 for most saves in Premier League history, after 74 games

Daniel Marland

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Illan Meslier is already in the top 50 for most saves in Premier League history, after 74 games

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Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier is already in the top 50 for saves made in the Premier League - despite playing just 74 games.

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The 22-year-old joined Leeds on a permanent basis in 2020 after impressing on loan in the Championship the season prior.

Since then he's been no.1 under Marcelo Bielsa and Jesse Marsch, facing an insane number of shots per game thanks to his side's expansive style of play.

Meslier has made 288 saves in 74 appearances and the four he made in Saturday's 2-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers pushes him into the top 50, according to @LUFC1992_v2 on Twitter.

Image Credit: Alamy
Image Credit: Alamy

He overtook former Chelsea shot stopper Thibaut Courtois who spent three years as first choice before moving to Real Madrid.

Meslier is seven saves behind Liverpool star Alisson, who has made 295 saves in his four years at Anfield.

Leeds started their Premier League campaign with three points and it's the first time they've done so since returning to the top flight.

Wolves did take the lead inside six minutes through Daniel Podence, who drifted into the Leeds box unmarked and turned home an acrobatic volley.

Rodrigo equalised midway through the first half and the comeback was completed 16 minutes from time after Wolves defender Rayan Ait-Nouri put Patrick Bamford's cross into his own net.

The goal was originally awarded to summer signing Brenden Aaronson, who tried to take credit for it post-match.

"I touched it in there!" The £25 million arrival from RB Salzburg joked to the club's official website

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Image Credit: Alamy

"It was in there and it came off my shin somewhere in there so I'm taking credit for it.

"We've been working on it in training, this back post run, and you always have to be there. 

"If I'm not there then the guy can maybe clear it or something, so just making this back post run helps."

Wolves dominated the second half but failed to find the breakthrough, something manager Bruno Lage lamented.

Lage also accused Marsch of saying 'something you cannot say' and the duo exchanged words immediately after the full-time whistle.

"Nothing against the manager, but I heard something I didn't like," he explained. "There are some things, in my opinion, that you cannot say."

Both teams return to action on Saturday, with Leeds away to Southampton while Wolves welcome newly-promoted Fulham to Molineux.

Topics: Leeds United, Premier League

Daniel Marland
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