In his debut Premier League season, Meslier acquitted himself well and earned praise from all corners as he helped the Whites secure a top-half finish.

 

The Whites lost in their away games against Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal, but they managed to keep a clean sheet against the three heavyweight sides at Elland Road, with all three of the fixtures ending in goalless draws.

 

 

Meslier insisted that clean sheets are as important to him as any other goalkeeper and the ones he kept against the Gunners, the Red Devils and the Blues are a particular source of pride for him.

 

The Whites shot-stopper also made it clear however that he is not deserving of sole credit for any of those clean sheets, stressing that they were a collective team effort.

 

 

“The number of saves means that I was used a lot, [though] less in the second half of the season”, Meslier told French regional daily Le Telegramme.

 

“Clean sheets are always important for a goalkeeper because it is never fun to concede goals.

 

 

“With Leeds, I’ve kept 18 clean sheets.

 

“I have succeeded in particular against Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea, which is a source of pride because they are big names with great players up front.

 

“After that, it is a collective success, I cannot do anything alone.

 

“I never take credit for myself.”

 

In total, out of his 35 appearances for the Whites last term in the Premier League, Meslier managed to keep eleven clean sheets.