Mills: Imminent Leeds signing could harm untouchable Meslier
Danny Mills has claimed Leeds United would be taking a “gamble” by signing young goalkeeper Kristoffer Klaesson.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender suggested Leeds should instead look for a more experienced backup to virtually untouchable number one Illan Meslier.
Football Insider learned on 22 July the Yorkshire giants are in advanced talks to sign Klaesson from Norweigan club Valerenga.
The 20-year-old was then left out of the Valerenga side that faced Lyn 1896 on 25 July as his move to Elland Road edges closer.
Leeds are in the market for a new stopper after Kiko Casilla joined Elche on a season-long loan deal earlier this month.
The veteran goalkeeper revealed to AS yesterday (26 July) he has likely played his last game for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
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“Having two very, very young goalkeepers is certainly a gamble,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“Obviously, Meslier came in as a young goalkeeper but you had Kiko Cassila in there, a more experienced campaigner so you could go down that route.
“Now there will be two goalkeepers of a very similar age which doesn’t leave you with too many options if Meslier was to get injured for a period of time.
“You’d be throwing in what is effectively a novice which is a gamble and possibly a brave move. Bielsa has got it right before.
“But also, to help Meslier, maybe somebody with a bit more experience would have been helpful.”
Klaesson has played 57 times across all competitions for Klaesson.
He also has five Norway Under-21 caps to his name and was called up to the senior squad for the first time earlier this year.