By Danny Mills

3rd Aug, 2021 | 5:00pm

Mills: Leeds are 'relying on a novice' in Klaesson after confirmed news

Danny Mills has insisted Leeds United are taking a major gamble by expecting Kristoffer Klaesson to be Illan Meslier’s deputy this season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender delivered his verdict after the club announced Klaesson’s arrival from Vålerenga.

The Norway Under-21 international has penned a four-year deal with Leeds.

The Yorkshire giants were in the market for a new stopper after Kiko Casilla joined Elche on a season-long loan.

Asked for his assessment of Klaesson, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I still think it’s a risk.

“If something happens to Meslier then you’ll be relying on a novice. They are a very similar age. They’re going to push each other for that shirt.

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“If you bring in a goalkeeper who knows that Meslier is going to be number one, what goalkeeper wants to be number two?

“You have to go to the other end of the spectrum like Rob Green has done in the past, like Mark Schwarzer did at Chelsea and Leicester City.

“Unless you get that route then what goalkeeper wants to come as a number two? There aren’t maybe too many out there and that’s the problem that Leeds had.

“Fingers crossed we don’t have to worry about it and Meslier stays fit all season.”

Meslier started 35 of Leeds’ 38 Premier League games and kept 11 clean sheets in the process.

Klaesson has played 57 games across all competitions for Vålerenga and was called into the Norway squad for the first time earlier this year.

In other news, a Leeds United favourite has “trebled his wages” after quitting Elland Road.