By Pranav Shahaney

22nd Dec, 2021 | 8:30pm

Phil Hay: Leeds United will not buy backup goalkeeper in January

Phil Hay does not see Leeds United signing a backup goalkeeper despite Kristoffer Klaesson’s erratic form for the Under-23s.

The Whites, Victor Orta and Marcelo Bielsa usually do not prefer dipping into the January transfer window.

However, given Leeds’ current predicament, that seems to have become a necessity next month.

While a number of positions could be strengthened, The Athletic does not see a backup being signed for Illan Meslier.

In his recent Mailbag, he wrote, “I don’t see Leeds going for a spare keeper. Kristoffer Klaesson’s form for the under-23s has been mixed but Leeds have a lot of faith in him and want to back him.”

Makes sense

The U23s themselves have not played well this season, so to single out Klaesson would be a tad unfair.

He only signed in the summer and still must be getting used to the intense training drills at Thorp Arch.

Sure, there have been players who have started better but there also have been those who’ve started worse and have gone on to do well for the first team.

Hopefully, the time away from the spotlight will help the Norwegian work on his errors and become first-team ready.

We’re sure that if Illan Meslier was to get injured, Klaesson would not be overawed by the situation.

He could take to the occasion and become better much like the Frenchman did, so this is not a position that the Whites need to worry about.

In other Leeds United news, a reliable journalist has issued a three-word response to the club’s reported interest in Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley