By Mark Smith

8th Feb, 2022 | 6:10pm

Kristoffer Klaesson finding feet at Leeds United despite under-the-radar January talks - Phil Hay

Phil Hay has shared that Leeds United believe that Kristoffer Klaesson is starting to find his feet at the club after his arrival in the summer.

After early struggles with under-23s, it has been reported by The Athletic journalist that the Whites held “under the radar” talks in January.

They were over whether the club should bring in a more experienced backup keeper, something they decided against in the end.

Writing for The Athletic on Tuesday morning (08 February), Hay shared an insight after a quiet January nearly saw some action.

“Amid all that and a window dominated by talk of an attacking midfielder and two restless under-23s, what went under the radar slightly in January were internal discussions about recruiting a new second-choice goalkeeper as cover for Illan Meslier,” he wrote.

“It amounted to a decision about whether to press on through the second half of the season with Kristoffer Klaesson on the bench.

“More recently, they have started to see signs in Klaesson that he is settling, finding his feet and growing in confidence as a result.”


It would have been a real kick in the teeth for Klaesson if another keeper was to be brought in ahead of him only six months into his stay at the club.

Illan Meslier is untouchable at this moment in time, but even he hardly played after first arriving at the club, and that can change in an instance.

Klaesson and Meslier were both viewed as two of the best young keepers in Europe at their times of arrival, and that doesn’t change overnight, regardless of mistakes and confidence.

Victor Orta looks to have brought the idea up, and after talks, it was decided to keep confidence in the Norweigian talent, who will be delighted.

If there is one position that is protected for many, many years to come, it is the number one shirt, with what looks like a never-ending wheel of talent in that department.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay shares major injury update at Thorp Arch as player returns to training