Leeds should be ‘concerned’ by ‘risky’ transfer target, pundit claims

Date published: Monday 26th July 2021 3:40 - Lewis Oldham

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Leeds United’s interest in Kristoffer Klaesson should be “concerning” to their supporters as it is a “risk”, according to former Premier League forward Kevin Phillips.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side are in the market for a new backup goalkeeper this summer. This comes after Kiko Casilla left the club to join Elche.

Earlier in the window, they were interested in signing Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman. 


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They have now turned their attention to young Norweighan goalkeeper Klaesson. They hope to complete the signing this week. 

Phillips had told Football Insider that this incoming is a “risk”. He believes Leeds need someone with more experience:

“Yeah, it’s a risk. You always want that backup keeper who’s a bit more experience.

“Meslier isn’t the oldest player in the world. They may go for another goalkeeper just to have that Premier League experience.

“It’s always hard coming to the Premier League if he was to be thrown in. If I’m a Leeds fan, I’m concerned. I think it’s a bit of a risk.”

Elsewhere, Danny Mills has suggested that Leeds United should aim to bring Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher in on a loan-to-buy deal:

“Conor Gallagher’s got first-team experience in the Premier League with West Brom and he played quite well.

“He’s got that Premier League experience, he’s been in and around it, he’s seen it and proven that he can hold his own at that level.

“That’s a much more realistic signing and a player who can come in and challenge for a first-team place instantly.

 

“It’s the modern-day world all the loan deals. It’s like Jack Harrison, he was on loan for three years.

“It may be a loan deal with a pre-agreed price where the selling club is guaranteed their money if it goes well and they want to do that deal. The loaning club has the ability to buy that player if it goes well.

“With a weird market and the modern mechanics of football business, loan deals, especially for those big clubs, are the way forward.

“It’s what Chelsea do. They loan players out for the experience and if they’re not quite good enough they sell them on. It becomes their production factory.”

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