The 2021/22 season may not go down as a classic campaign at Leeds United, but it will be remembered as a year in which a number of young stars were given a chance.
Indeed, this year we have seen the likes of Joe Gelhardt, Cody Drameh and Charlie Cresswell all have a chance to get into the first team.
Leeds may have a hard time naming their Young Player of the Year at the end of the campaign, but in our opinion there is definitely only one winner.
Of course, we’re talking about Illan Meslier.
While the likes of Gelhardt, Pascal Struijk and Jamie Shackleton have all been impressive, no young player has been as important to Leeds as Meslier.
He has started every single game, and while he has had to get the ball out of the net on numerous occasions this term. He single-handedly held Leeds in a number of games.
It is easy to forget that the goalkeeper is only 21 years old and he is one of the best young players in the game right now.
Meslier, of course, also won the award last year, and if he wins Young Player of the Year for the second year in a row, he will be the first player to win back to the editions of the region since Lewis Cook in 2016.
Cook is one of the brightest young talents we’ve seen at Elland Road, but Meslier has the talent and potential to rise to the top of world football.
2021/22 may be remembered as a year in which some young stars boomed at Leeds, but despite some teen sensations fueling their claims, Meslier remains a frontrunner for the Bridge awards Young Player of the Year at Elland Road.
https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2021/12/25/21-year-old-may-achieve-something-last-done-by-lewis-cook-at-leeds/ 21 years old can achieve something the last time Lewis Cook did at Leeds