Leeds United’s prospective move for goalkeeper Kristoffer Klaesson is a risk, according to former England striker Kevin Phillips.
The Lowdown: Leeds close in on Klaesson move
The Whites are looking for a replacement for veteran ‘keeper Kiko Casilla, with the Spaniard sealing a season-long loan move to Elche.
The Latest: Phillips unsure about Klaesson
Speaking to Football Insider, Phillips admitted that he has doubts over Klaesson being the right backup to Illan Meslier, mainly due to his lack of experience. He said:
“Yeah, it’s a risk. You always want that backup keeper who’s a bit more experience.
“Meslier isn’t the oldest player in the world. They may go for another goalkeeper just to have that Premier League experience.
“It’s always hard coming to the Premier League if he was to be thrown in. If I’m a Leeds fan, I’m concerned. I think it’s a bit of a risk.”
The Verdict: It’s a fair point
While Klaesson is a young ‘keeper with bags of potential, Phillips does make a good point in terms of his lack of experience at the top level. Almost all of his first team appearances thus far have been in Norway’s top flight, which is ranked 22nd in UEFA’s association club coefficient.
Should Meslier – still a young player himself – get injured, there would be huge pressure on the Norwegian’s shoulders to fill in and shine in the Premier League.
It is a bold move to back a youngster, although they got it right with the acquisition of Meslier at 19, and astute purchases such as Raphinha have shown that the club deserve to be trusted in the transfer department.
In other news, Leeds are keen on making a move for a Premier League ‘big six’ player this summer. Find out who it is here.
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