Paul Robinson delivers verdict as Leeds United table bid for Kristoffer Klaesson
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Paul Robinson would rather see Leeds United sign an experienced goalkeeper as their replacement for Kiko Casilla amid a reported bid for Valerenga’s Kristoffer Klaesson.
It is understood that Leeds’ bid is close to what Valerenga are expecting for the Norwegian Under-21 international, who’s already got 54 top-flight appearances to his name in Norway.
However, ex-Leeds goalkeeper Robinson would rather see someone come in and mount a challenge to current number one Illan Meslier.
Casilla, who left to join Elche on loan this week, failed to apply any pressure on Meslier’s starting spot in the Premier League.
And it seems Robinson would only have faith in someone doing that if they were more experienced than 20-year-old Klaesson.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “It’s a difficult situation because Meslier’s number one. How do you sell it to someone to be your number two?
“You need somebody with the ability to challenge for the number one spot and not be too comfortable as number two because it’s detrimental to players’ performances.
“It’s also detrimental to the team if somebody that’s not as good or able to take over the number one jersey.
“You need two number one goalkeepers, we’ve seen that throughout the Premier League.
“I don’t think Leeds need to look for a younger goalkeeper, someone with potential who could maybe reach the top of their game. They need someone who’s proven, who can challenge Meslier for number one.
“He doesn’t need to start pre-season thinking, ‘great, I’m number one here, I’ve got no challengers’. Leeds need somebody to come in and challenge for that number one jersey.
“Yes, he is number one and yes, he will start the season in goals but they need somebody who’s more than capable.”
Klaesson has made 13 league appearances for Valerenga in the current Norwegian season, which started in May.
He’s kept just two clean sheets in those matches but stats by FBRef show that he’s faced 44 shots on target this year and made 29 saves.
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