By Anthony Onifade

14th Jan, 2023 | 4:40pm

Kristoffer Klaesson to quit Leeds United to save his career with replacement on the way to Elland Road

Leeds United’s 3rd choice goalkeeper Kristoffer Klaesson could see himself further down the pecking order, with Club Brugge goalkeeper Senne Lammens on his way to Elland Road.

According to reports, the Whites are in advanced talks with the Belgian talent [8 January], and the goalkeeper even went so far as to follow club manager Jesse Marsch on Instagram to confirm the rumours.

The young shot-stopper reportedly doesn’t want to renew his contract at the Belgian giants, which runs out at the end of the season, which means Brugge could offload him for a reduced fee this month rather than for nothing in the summer.

It remains to be seen whether Lammens will be a Leeds player this month or in the summer, but his potential move could well scupper the immediate future of fellow young goalkeeper Klaesson, who has unfortunately seen his first-team opportunities seriously limited ever since his move from Valeranga in 2021.

In fact, the 22-year-old goalkeeper has only made just one appearance for the club, in the Premier League last season – a 3-2 win away to Wolverhampton Wanderers in March 2022 following an injury to first-choice Illan Meslier.

Klaesson even finds himself behind Spanish understudy Joel Robles, and considering his young age and huge room to grow and develop even further, the 22-year-old will be forgiven for trying to find pastures new elsewhere.

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

And Paul Robinson, speaking [23 December] to MOT Leeds News back in December, said that the Norwegian finds himself in a “horrible position” at the club. The former Premier League goalkeeper said: “Leeds won’t let him go because they need three goalkeepers. All top clubs need three.

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.”

The fact that the Whites are looking for another young goalkeeper as a potential back-up to Meslier, or who knows, as a long-term replacement for the talented Frenchman who has been the subject of a big Premier League move in the past, means that Marsch simply doesn’t hold any trust in Klaesson to develop and continue his progression at Elland Road.

At this young stage in his career, Klaesson would be incredibly smart and brave to jump ship as soon as possible. His long-term future may depend on this decision.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have placed a £2.2m a year contract offer on the table for this World Cup star.