The France Under-21 international got a taste of Premier League football for the first time in the 2020/21 season, during which he helped Leeds to a ninth place finish.

 

In his first campaign in the English top flight, Meslier got the opportunity to visit historic stadiums, including Manchester United’s Old Trafford and Liverpool’s Anfield.

 

 

However, the goalkeeper has revealed that Aston Villa’s home stadium Villa Park, where Leeds enjoyed a 3-0 win, is the one that impressed him the most.

 

Meslier explained that Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur’s stadiums stood out for their size and infrastructure, but also reserved praise for Everton’s Goodison Park and Newcastle’s St. James’ Park.

 

 

By their size and infrastructure, I think of Manchester United, Manchester City, that of Tottenham is magnificent, Arsenal’s too“, Meslier told French regional daily Le Telegramme.

 

For Chelsea, I had imagined it to be smaller and in fact, it is quite big.

 

 

I liked the very old stadium of Everton.

 

Perhaps the one that struck me the most was Aston Villa’s for its grandeur and when you come back there is the Champions League trophy.

 

Newcastle too.

 

Meslier revealed that he developed a desire to play in the Premier League during his early days in football and also extended his gratitude towards the Leeds faithful for always being supportive.

 

When I started playing football, I first dreamed of becoming a professional“, Meslier said.

 

I started to watch the English clubs on TV, I saw the supporters close to the pitch, the big teams and you think to yourself that this is a really great league.

 

And the more you grow, the more it makes you want to go there and that’s what I managed to do.

 

Maybe I didn’t think I would do it so soon.

 

It’s a huge league, everything is multiplied.

 

At Leeds, it’s 36,000 supporters normally, they are really the twelfth man, that’s wonderful.

 

[If you make] just a defensive tackle, the stadium rises. When I make a save, everyone applauds.

 

Afterwards, you have to be efficient.

 

At one point, I did not perform well, but they always encouraged me, never got on my back.

 

The only people who sent negative messages were the French.

 

I have great respect for the fans because they have always been there for me and I hope to always be there for them.

 

While Meslier’s first Premier League season passed almost entirely without fans attending games, he will be hoping to see the supporters back in stadiums next term.