Leeds United are likely to be looking to bring in a new goalkeeper during this January transfer window, after young shot-stopper, Bailey Peacock-Farrell has struggled at times this season with some shaky displays. The Yorkshire Post reported this morning that Marcelo Bielsa is keen on Fulham goalkeeper Fabri – but with the goalkeeper supposedly keen on moving back to Turkey – it appears a deal is unlikely to happen.
One goalkeeper who Leeds United could turn their attention towards may well be Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster, who has been left as surplus to requirements for the Saints since Alex McCarthy cemented the number one position down at St. Mary’s.
The Premier League club said during the summer that they were prepared to listen to offers for the goalkeeper – although he didn’t manage to get his move away from the South Coast.
Several seasons ago, Forster was a regular fixture in the England squad as back-up to England’s old number one, Joe Hart – but with the performances of the likes of current number one Jordan Pickford and Burnley’s Nick Pope not going unnoticed, Forster lost his place in the Three Lions squad. He was actually part of the Three Lions’ disappointing Euro 2016 campaign, in which they famously came crashing out of the tournament to Iceland – but Forster failed to make an appearance for his country in the tournament.
With the arrival of Angus Gunn from Manchester City during the summer, Forster has become in effect a third-choice goalkeeper and a move away from St. Mary’s during this transfer window could give the goalkeeper a chance to revive his career. He’s only 30 years old, so he should theoretically be around his peak in terms of goalkeeping – and he’d be a solid addition to Leeds United’s squad.
If Leeds United are to secure promotion, they could do with that extra piece of experience and quality – and Forster would certainly bring that. Whether he’d be a realistic target in terms of expenditure for the club is slightly questionable, but he’d definitely be a brilliant addition to Marcelo Bielsa’s squad.