By James Murray

13th Oct, 2023 | 1:39pm

Kristoffer Klaesson completely frozen out at Leeds United, Elland Road exit surely on the cards

A Leeds United exit is surely on the cards for Kristoffer Klaesson after he has been completely frozen out at Elland Road this season.

The Norweigan keeper is yet to feature for the senior side or the U-21 team this season following the arrival of Whites manager Daniel Farke over the summer [Transfermarkt].

With the 22-year-old set to turn 23 next month, a transfer now looks inevitable for him as his playing time looks unlikely to increase over the next few months.

Klaesson joined Leeds from Norweigan side Valerenga in July 2021 on a four-year deal for a fee believed to be in the region of £1.6million.

He had previously made 57 appearances for the Oslo-based outfit and was highly thought of within the country’s national team setup after playing in a number of games for the youth sides.

The keeper proved to be one of Marcelo Bielsa’s final signings at Elland Road after the Argentinian was sacked as the Whites boss just a few months after his arrival.

He was named on the bench for every Premier League game during his first season at the club, operating as a backup to first-choice stopper Illan Meslier.

After making his Leeds debut in a Carabao Cup win over Oldham in September 2021, he made his first top-flight appearance in the 3-2 victory over Wolves in March 2022.

With his side 2-0 down, the keeper came on to replace Meslier for the final 35 minutes of the game, where they managed to pull off an incredible comeback to claim the three points.

During that campaign, Klaesson also played in 21 matches for the U-21 side in Premier League 2 as he looked to potentially have a bright future at the club.

But after playing in a Carabao Cup game against Tranmere Rovers in October 2022 and being named on the bench for the first few Premier League games of last season, he has rarely been seen in the first-team mix since then.

After only playing seven games for the U-21s last year, the Norweigan hasn’t made an appearance for the youth side so far during this campaign and, with him turning 23 at the end of November, his days at Elland Road could well be numbered.

The keeper was named on the bench for the senior side for four games at the start of this season, but he hasn’t been included in a Championship squad since the arrival of Karl Darlow from Newcastle United during the summer transfer window.

It looks like the opportunity for Klaesson to prove himself in West Yorkshire has probably passed him by now and an exit is surely on the cards for him before too long.

In other Leeds United news, Graham Smyth has made an “unusual” admission as he tipped a Whites player to break a league record.