15 July 2024

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Illan Meslier, a star for Leeds United, says after Karl Darlow’s arrival that he “cannot be lazy.”
Karl Darlow, who joined Leeds United last summer, allegedly helped Illan Meslier become less “lazy” by making him more “consistent” in his play. Speaking on the 15th of September’s episode of the Official Leeds United Podcast, the Frenchman commended Darlow’s wisdom and guidance during practice, noting that Meslier was still the team’s first-choice goalkeeper.

Darlow made the switch from Newcastle to Elland Road in the summer for an undisclosed fee and has made just two appearances for the Whites in the League Cup.

Meslier said, as reported by Leeds United News: “It is good, to be honest. I think he makes me better each day. We have a good level in training, I like it because this guy has experience and he can give some advice. Consistent in training.

“Better preparation in training. It is never easy when someone arrives, but it is good because they are pushing – it forces you to be consistent when you’re tired, the weather is not good, you cannot be lazy.”

It is comforting to hear that Meslier is consulting the knowledgeable experts at Thorp Arch after his unsuccessful season last year.

Although the Frenchman has enjoyed a good start to the season, there is always room for improvement given that he has only had one league clean sheet thus far.

Darlow will not hesitate to take his opportunity if Meslier’s form drops again, but having two quality goalkeepers in the squad is important as it ensures they both remain sharp and ready.

Having made just two appearances for his new side and no appearances in the Championship this season, Darlow may be disappointed at his start to life in West Yorkshire. The Athletic reported (6 September) that Leeds “anticipated” Meslier’s departure this season, suggesting that Darlow was brought in as a replacement.

Meslier remains at the club, however, and, for now, Darlow remains on the bench. But from Meslier’s comments, the pair seem to have struck up a good partnership and will hopefully push each other to perform in a Leeds shirt.

In other Leeds United news, Weston McKennie has shared a “second best” verdict about his time at the club.

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