With Leeds heading into the Premier League campaign eyeing more depth across the board, the goalkeeping position is somewhere that would benefit from such attention.
Illan Meslier is the club’s only goalkeeper with reasonable Premier League experience, and the club are reportedly in the market to rectify that.
The Daily Mail recently reported that the club are weighing up a move for Ben Foster, following his release from Watford earlier in the summer.
Here, we explore how the 39-year-old’s arrival would impact two different players at Elland Road…
Winner: Illan Meslier
The obvious winner from this situation is the man that Foster is coming in to support, Meslier.
Having been the undisputed number one since mid-2020, Meslier hasn’t had to experience competition for places at Leeds, nor has he had chance to be ‘taken out of the firing line’.
It has to be said that there’s rarely been a performance worthy of considering dropping Meslier, but having that luxury would bring him on a long way, knowing he can’t get too comfortable.
With Foster, we would have a backup ‘keeper that we know can step into the Premier League and deliver a solid performance.
Not only that, but on the training ground, Meslier would hugely benefit from having the experience of Foster to learn from.
Should Leeds pursue a deal for Foster?
Loser: Kristoffer Klaesson
Foster comes in to take the place of second-choice ‘keeper, and with that, Klaesson moves down a spot in the pecking order.
Having signed in 2021, it was clear that he wasn’t going to be a first-team player right away, given his tender age, and there’s no rush to get him into the side when we have Meslier doing so.
Klaesson did show that he could have what it takes with a commanding display off the bench in a vital win away at Wolves earlier in the year, and he will think that should have been enough to earn him that chance to remain in the side as second choice.
However, the experience that Foster will bring to the table is something that trumps Klaesson’s talent in the short-term.
What is positive for him is that the same things benefitting Meslier also help Klaesson, such as having him around Thorp Arch.