Former All Leeds TV pundit Joe Wainman insists that the signing of Kristoffer Klaesson for Leeds United is a smart piece of business that will allow the player to learn from and compete with Illan Meslier.
Victor Orta secured a deal worth just over £1m to bring in the new goalkeeper, having allowed Kiko Casilla to leave the club on loan and join La Liga outfit Elche.
Klaesson came through the ranks at Valerenga and has played for Norway at various youth levels, being capped at U15, U16, U17, U18, U19 and U21 level. He is almost certain to eventually win a senior cap for his country.
And Wainman believes that a deal to bring in a goalkeeper of his profile – a young player who can only grow and improve – makes more sense than signing an experienced figure like Joe Hart.
Hart has made the move from Tottenham Hotspur to Celtic in this transfer window, and Wainman is glad that Leeds did not get themselves involved in the bidding for the former England international.
He said: “If we have a keeper at the age of Kristoffer Klaesson that can step straight in, it’s much better than turning to a Joe Hart, who is at the back end of his career commanding big wages. It’s great to see Klaesson come in, he’s got very high pedigree, future Norway No.1, he’s already had a call-up that was unfortunately scuppered due to COVID.
“But yeah, I think it’s good to see two keepers of a similar age, I know the purists would prefer a more experienced second choice but what better way to learn under someone like Meslier, who was thrust into the spotlight at such a young age and has done as good as he has?
“I’m confident with Klaesson challenging for the No.1 spot.”