By Pranav Shahaney

17th Aug, 2021 | 9:15am

Leeds United fans will absolutely love Klaesson's penalty save vs Palace U-23s

Leeds United backup goalkeeper Kristoffer Klaesson made an impressive penalty save as the U-23s raced to a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace on Monday.

The Norwegian joined the Whites towards the end of their pre-season so we could not see more of him with the first team.

However, given how well he performed against Palace, he certainly seems like a promising young goalkeeper with a high ceiling.

Even the commentator couldn’t help but praising the 20-year-old, referring to his save as “fantastic”.

Kiko Casilla became an extremely unpopular figure inside the Leeds camp and among the fanbase prior to his exit, so letting him leave, albeit on loan, was an important decision.

Klaesson came in as a relative unknown, but was a well-regarded keeper in his homeland.

Also, if the signing has the Marcelo Bielsa seal of approval, then who are we to question it?

The club and the Argentine especially do their due diligence before paying the big bucks to get players to the club, especially those that have been unproven in top European leagues.

This is not to suggest that Klaesson had a great game and is ready to challenge Illan Meslier for the number one position.

Far from it.

He appeared nervy with the ball at his feet and needlessly gave away possession on occasion, but that’s possibly because he’s not used to the way Leeds play.

Eventually, he’s likely to get there and we’re looking forward to him playing in the Carabao and FA Cup games.

That’s the best thing Bielsa can do for him and maybe in a couple of years, he’ll be ready to challenge for a first-team spot.

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