By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

23rd Dec, 2022 | 11:10am

Kristoffer Klaesson in 'horrible' position at Leeds United as Phil Hay shares goalkeeper update - Sky Sports pundit

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Kristoffer Klaesson is in a “horrible position” as the third-choice goalkeeper at Leeds United, according to former shot-stopper Paul Robinson.

The Athletic journalist Phil Hay reported on 17 December that Joel Robles could be in line for his Premier League debut for Leeds next week when the Whites take on Manchester City at Elland Road.

It is understood that Illan Meslier is suffering from glandular fever and could be ruled out of the return to competitive action following the World Cup.

Robles’ emergence as Jesse Marsch’s second-choice goalkeeper means Klaesson, 22, has dropped down the pecking order at Elland Road despite being a promising young shot-stopper.

The Norway Under-21 international has managed just one senior appearance for Leeds since joining from Valerenga in July 2021 and that was as a substitute at Wolves last season.

He’s not played too much for the Leeds Under-21s this season either, completing just four appearances in Premier League 2.

Robinson doesn’t believe he’ll be loaned out by Leeds in January as Meslier’s illness has reminded the club they need three goalkeepers in their squad.

He does, however, admit that Klaesson has found himself in a very tough position because at his age, he needs to be playing way more first-team games than he is.

“Leeds won’t let him go because they need three goalkeepers. All top clubs need three,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

They need two number ones and they need a third because of what’s happened to Meslier now. Especially at this stage of the season with Meslier missing games before the transfer window opens, it just proves the need to have three goalkeepers.

It’s a horrible position. It’s mentally tough because you work hard and you train hard all week and you even go out on the pitch to warm up. But you’re there as a supporter behind two other goalkeepers. It’s a very thankless task but it’s one that needs doing.

If you look around the Premier League at other third-choice goalkeepers, a lot of clubs have top-quality number threes who’ve had good careers and are English so they tick a box for the squad necessities.

I’ve done it at Burnley, Lee Grant’s done it at Manchester United, Scott Carson’s currently doing it at Manchester City and Richard Wright did it there too.

For Klaesson, it’s probably not a position he wants to fill at his age and at this stage in his career.”

In other Leeds United news, we can exclusively reveal a major decision being made on Liam Cooper after he missed the friendly defeat to Monaco.