Leeds United close to signing new goalkeeper as Orta opts for Klaesson
Leeds United are close to signing a new goalkeeper after allowing Kiko Casilla to leave Elland Road and join Elche on loan, according to Super Deporte.
The Yorkshire Evening Post reported this week that director of football Victor Orta has identified Newcastle’s Freddie Woodman, Valerenga’s Kristoffer Klaesson and Levante’s Dani Cardenas as goalkeepers he wants to sign.
However, it seems that Orta’s first choice is now 20-year-old Norwegian shot-stopper Klaesson as Spanish news outlet Super Deporte reports Leeds “seem to have decided” on him.
It is understood that Marcelo Bielsa could yet opt to sign a more experienced goalkeeper though rather than adding Klaesson to an already youthful goalkeeping department that’s made up of Illan Meslier and Elia Caprile.
Is this the right approach?
Are we allowed to question Orta and Bielsa?
Yes, Orta has had some absolute howlers in the transfer market in the past while some of Bielsa’s decisions haven’t been the best if you think about Casilla, Barry Douglas and Helder Costa.
But on the most part, they haven’t steered us wrong and we don’t expect them too either.
However, as much as we don’t rate Casilla, we would have though that an experienced second-choice goalkeeper would be replaced by an experienced second-choice goalkeeper.
Klaesson is only 20-years-old and while he’s been Valerenga’s number one goalkeeper for some time, we’re not sure that Meslier’s back-up should be younger than him.
We’re not doubting the Norwegian’s ability for one second.
Norwegian football expert Ben Wells has told LeedsLive that Klaesson is “an elite shot-stopper for his age” while he’s also been tipped to play for Noway in the near future.
He’d be one for the future but when our current number one is also someone for the future, we’re not sure what will be gained by signing Klaesson, whose development could stall by sitting on our bench.
Leeds have already made a few signings this summer with Junior Firpo and Jack Harrison both signing permanently.
We’d imagine that a new goalkeeper or a central midfielder will be the next one.
Could Klaesson be our third addition to the first-team this summer?
In other Leeds United news, a goalkeeper has already confirmed his arrival in Yorkshire.