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Chris Sutton told BBC Radio 5 Live Sport that Leeds have a ‘massive problem’ with Illan Meslier.

The former striker claimed that the 21-year-old isn’t imposing enough after watching him in action on Monday night.

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Once again, Leeds conceded from a set-piece situation, with Craig Dawson left unmarked and heading home from five-yards out during West Ham’s 2-0 win.

A lot was made of Meslier’s role in that goal and how he doesn’t come out to claim the ball and his box.

“It’s a huge part of the game,” said Sutton. “You can work on it as much as you like in training. But it’s about reading the flight of the ball and the desire. 

“But Leeds United have a massive problem. Meslier isn’t an imposing goalkeeper.

“He’s been rooted on a couple of occasions. He (Antonio) was putting Meslier under pressure and Meslier looks like he doesn’t want to come (and catch/punch the ball).

“If that’s not going to happen then it’s up to others to take real responsibility.”

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It needs to be remembered that Meslier is still a youngster and there are other parts of his game that are pretty impressive.

Against Sheffield United at the start of the season, he perhaps pulled off one of the saves of the season and he’s very comfortable with the ball at his feet.

With time, experience and know-how, there is no doubt that Meslier’s game will be elevated, but one thing is for sure, he is showing serious promise.

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