Leeds United appear to be making an interesting decision ahead of the final stages of the transfer window, with journalist Tim Thornton telling Give Me Sport that he has heard that we are not prioritising signing a new goalkeeper this summer.
Illan Meslier has been undisputed number one since the latter stages of our promotion-winning season. And he has done remarkably well given that he is still only 22 years of age.
But his form has been criticised at times. And in truth, there probably have been times when he would have benefitted from being taken out of the firing line.
Kristoffer Klaesson did well on his first-team debut away at Wolves. But his general form for the under-23s hints that he is not quite ready to play at the highest level just yet.
And with that, some may wonder if an experienced backup goalkeeper is needed. Ben Foster has been linked. But Thornton has now suggested that he would be surprised to see Leeds sign an understudy for Meslier.
“I know there’s been a lot of talk about goalkeepers. It’s a possibility, but having had a few conversations, the goalkeeping position has not really cropped up as a priority,” he told Give Me Sport.
Leeds not really planning to new sign goalkeeper
Thornton’s comments are probably not that surprising. There have not been a lot of links with goalkeepers so far.
But it does feel like a potential error. We were fortunate in that we did not lose Meslier to any long-term injuries last season. We may not be so lucky during the coming campaign.
Klaesson could step up. But it would be a gamble to not sign anyone in that position.
Victor Orta has got a lot right in this window. The concern will be not signing another goalkeeper coming back to haunt us as the season goes on.