Hugo Lloris has praised Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier for his impact in the Premier League at such a young age and backs him to be his successor as France number one in the future.
Lloris, 34, has been a prominent fixture between the sticks for Les Blues for a number of years now, and has made the second-most appearances for the side with 135 caps.
The Tottenham captain managed to lead the side to the World Cup in 2018, while securing a UEFA Nations League crown during last month’s international break.
Although Lloris shows no signs of slowing down for club or country, it is only natural to consider the future and who will succeed him in goal.
A handful of keepers look to be in the running when it comes to the France squad, from the likes of Mike Maignan and Alphonse Areola, but Leeds’ Meslier has quickly seen his stocks rise over the last couple of years.
After just one full season in the Premier League, the 21-year-old has been one of Marcelo Bielsa’s key performers, already making 46 appearances in the top flight.
Meslier’s showings have earned him plenty of plaudits in England and across Europe, including Spurs man Lloris, who sees the young goalkeeper as his potential successor between the sticks for the French national team.
He said (via RMC Sport): “There’s Illan Meslier, who is doing very nice things in the Premier League. He’s a young goalkeeper, but when you look at what he’s doing at his age, in such a tough and intense league, it shows all his potential.”
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Meslier has performed very well for Leeds, at such a young age too and in the Premier League which is usually unforgiving.
He has all the tools to become an excellent goalkeeper, and for Lloris to praise him like this means he could definitely see the Leeds man take over from him in the future.
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