Meslier’s opportunity in France
The campaign may be over for the majority of the Leeds United squad, but one player looking to extend his season with a surprise opportunity is Illan Meslier.
The Leeds goalkeeper hasn’t made it to the last two games of the season for the Whites but now looks set to play this summer with a first opportunity for the France Under-21 team.
France’s regular Under-21 goalkeeper Alban Lafont has withdrawn from the European Championship squad due to his Nantes club’s involvement in a Ligue 1 relegation barrage.
Nantes’ matches on May 27 and 30 mean he cannot play for the French on May 31 when they face the Netherlands, making it now very likely that Meslier will be in goal for the quarter-final match.
The Leeds star has been called up to the France Under-21 squad on several occasions but has yet to make his debut.
Thank you message from Phillips on departure
The sight of Kalvin Phillips leaving Elland Road with a shoulder injury after Sunday’s win over West Brom was not what anyone wanted to see.
The good news came earlier today that the injury is not as bad as feared and with fingers crossed Phillips will be fit to compete in the European Championships this summer. That’s on condition that he gets the call from Gareth Southgate.
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Phillips took to Instagram today, not to update us on his shoulder, but to pay tribute to outgoing teammates Pablo Hernandez and Gaetano Beradi, as well as to thank the fans.
Writing after scoring his first goal of the season yesterday in the win over the Baggies, Phillips said; “I left a bit late for the goals, but I did it just in time.
“A season full of ups and downs, but I loved every second of being back in the Premier League with this team.
“Thank you Berardi and Hernandez for everything you have done for this club, it has been an honor to share the pitch with you over the years. And thank you to all of our amazing fans for your amazing support. “
Agbonlahor changed his mind
Gabby Agbonlahor backed off on Leeds United after reluctantly praising their end to the season.
The former Aston Villa forward called the Whites a “myth” earlier in the season, while accusing Marcelo Bielsa of being “naive”, much to the chagrin of Leeds fans.
In the second half of the season, Leeds kept clean sheets against Manchester United and Chelsea, while limiting Manchester City and Liverpool to one goal apiece.
A defeat in 11 matches saw Leeds finish in ninth place and above Aston Villa, as a trained team in the division.
As a result, Agbonlahor was forced to eat a humble pie, although he claims Bielsa has changed his methods, despite the Leeds boss still persisting with attacking football.
“For the last half of the season, they changed lanes and were so strong defensively. I think Bielsa learned that you can’t play man to man against players like Rashford and Sterling and get those results.
“They adjusted their game, always with the offensive threat they have, and for half the season they have been exceptional. “