By Alex McLeish

30th Jul, 2021 | 8:00am

Ex-manager: Bielsa ally has key role now £2m Leeds signing all but done

Alex McLeish has suggested goalkeeping coach Marcos Abad will have a big part to play as Leeds United close in on the signing of Kristoffer Klaesson.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland manager claimed the 35-year-old coach would be key figure in the absence of an experienced goalkeeper at Elland Road.

As revealed by Football Insider on Thursday (July 29th), Leeds have had a £2million bid accepted by Valerenga for 20-year-old Klaesson.

The young shot-stopper is set to undergo a medical to finalise the move on Friday (July 30th).

He is set to replace Kiko Casilla after the 34-year-old left for Elche on loan.

Leeds’ current first-choice keeper is 21-year-old Illan Meslier.

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With such a young goalkeeping pair at Elland Road, McLeish suggested Abad would play a key role with his experience.

“A goalkeeper’s best pal at the club is the goalkeeping coach,” McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“That is the experience I’ve witnessed over the years. They get so tight with the goalkeeping coach, he will generally work on every word he says in every training session.

“So far, you have to say the Leeds goalkeeper coach has done a great job with Meslier. I don’t necessarily think they have to have an older, experienced head to be a sounding board.

“Meslier is playing at a level where he’s better than the older boy. He will probably prove to be a top, top goalkeeper throughout the years.

The goalkeeping coach is the best pal to the goalie. These guys are always tight.

“Any club I’ve been at they’ve been fabulous close friends. The goalkeeper’s union, come on, they all keep tight together.”

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