By Kevin Phillips

18th Jul, 2021 | 5:00pm

Phillips tells Leeds to swoop for 'experienced' star after pulling plug on 24-yr-old signing

Leeds United would be better off targeting an experienced goalkeeper this summer rather than an up-and-coming youngster.

That is according to ex-Premier League goalscorer Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the latest in Leeds’ shot-stopper hunt.

An Elland Road source told this site today (18th July) that they have pulled the plug on signing £10m-valued Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman.

The West Yorkshire club have instead turned their attention towards Levante’s Dani Cardenas, 24, and Valerenga’s Kristoffer Klaesson, 20.

Illan Meslier firmly established himself as Leeds’ number one last term and featured in all but three of their 38 league matches.

And Phillips insists that Marcelo Bielsa’s side would be better off finding a seasoned goalkeeper to play second fiddle to the Frenchman in 2021-22.

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“It depends what route you want to take,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

“Personally, in that position with what they are aiming for this season, I would aim for someone a little bit older.

“That way, if you are to lose your number one, you know you can rely on someone who knows what he’s doing and has bags of experience.

“Let’s not forget there’s going to be fans there next season and we know what the atmosphere can be like there. That pressure can easily affect a young goalkeeper coming in.

“So I can see why they might want to go younger but with it being a big season, I think you’d rather have an experienced goalkeeper in there.

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