Paul Robinson concerned by Leeds United swoop for Kristoffer Klaesson
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Paul Robinson admits he’s concerned about the decision for Leeds United to sign Valerenga’s Kristoffer Klaesson as their new second-choice goalkeeper.
Kiko Casilla left Elland Road on loan to join Elche earlier this month and that has sparked Victor Orta into a search for a replacement to serve as a back-up for Illan Meslier.
Meslier, 21, impressed on the whole last season as he made the number one spot his own at the Yorkshire club.
However, the Frenchman remains prone to errors and is still inexperienced, which has led to ex-Leeds goalkeeper Robinson wanting a more experienced number one than 20-year-old Klaesson.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “It’s a chance they’re willing to take and it’s a goalkeeper they’ve obviously done their homework on.
“He’s played over 50 times at club level already and that’s not bad for that age – but it’s not the Premier League. It’s nowhere near the same level as the Premier League. He’s not been capped at full international level yet and I think it’s a risk.
“Meslier will be number one [next season]. What a season he had, we know what a top goalkeeper he is. But the second season is a lot more difficult than the first one, it’s very hard because in the first one, no one expected anything but now, performances are expected.
“I would be concerned if they had a number two who was young and inexperienced. Would the manager then have the option to take Meslier out?
“Sometimes, when goalkeepers aren’t performing, it’s a big decision to make but we’ve seen it at top clubs. You look at Chelsea with Kepa. He didn’t perform and then Mendy came in – they’re not afraid to swap them around if they’re not playing well. You look at De Gea and Henderson at Manchester United.
“I just worry that if that’s the case then Bielsa doesn’t have that option or it’s not an easy option for him.“
Dagbladet journalist Jonas Adnan Giæver has reported on Twitter that Klaesson has applied for a work permit as Leeds try to sign him this summer.
It is understood that the Norway Under-21 international, who has been called up to the senior squad but is yet to be capped, is closing in on a move to Elland Road.
Norwegian newspaper Nettavisen has also reported that Orta has jetted out to Oslo himself to discuss a deal with Klaesson.
In other Leeds United news, this winger has been spotted at another Yorkshire club ahead of a potential exit.