Paul Robinson: Klaesson is going to be top goalkeeper at Leeds United
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Kristoffer Klaesson has the potential to be a “top goalkeeper” for Leeds United but he’s not ready for the Premier League just yet, according to Paul Robinson.
Leeds confirmed the 20-year-old’s arrival at Elland Road last week with the Norway Under-21 international swapping Valerenga for the ambitious Premier League club.
Klaesson joins up with Marcelo Bielsa’s squad as their new second-choice goalkeeper, replacing Kiko Casilla behind Illan Meslier in the pecking order at the Yorkshire club.
While Robinson has seen enough from Klaesson to suggest he has plenty of potential, he’s unsure of whether he can step in and start Premier League fixtures right away if Meslier is unavailable for whatever reason.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “It’s definitely a clever move for the future.
“He’s obviously a promising young goalkeeper. I’ve not seen a lot of him but from the research I’ve done on him, he looks like he’s going to be a top goalkeeper.
“He doesn’t look ready to start Premier League games yet but he’s certainly got the potential to follow Meslier’s footsteps as he develops.
“The Premier League is very different to every other league in the world, it’s difficult to adapt in and difficult for a goalkeeper compared to what he’s already been used to. As far as being Premier League-ready, I don’t think he is but as far as looking for the future, he’s got the potential to be a top goalkeeper.
“I think the sports scientists will work with him to get him stronger and I think he’ll get to know the league and the game.
“But I don’t think he’s Premier League-ready, he’s one for the future. His ability is unquestioned and from the little bit I’ve seen, I’ve been impressed with him.”
Klaesson has been called up to the Norway national team in the last year and has over 50 league appearances to his name at Valerenga.
Meslier is only one year older at the age of 21 but has a full season of Premier League football under his belt and impressed in the bulk of his appearances.
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