Without a doubt, the creaking Leeds United squad needs some shoring up. Injuries continue to bite deeper and get worse, Pablo Hernandez and Barry Douglas the latest.
Due to this, Whites fans are becoming increasingly more antsy at the lack of progress in the January transfer market by the club. It must be remembered that Leeds United are running with a thinned-out squad.
This strategy is done so at the behest of new manager Marcelo Bielsa, a man who has rejuvenated the style of football played at Elland Road, and with it the fortunes of the Whites.
Yet, the threadbare nature of the first-team squad is no more so apparent than at the very back, the goalkeeping position. Currently, the #1 spot is held down by youngster Bailey Peacock-Farrell. beyond him, very little depth without delving straight into the Under-23 Development Squad set-up.
The leading clarion calls from fans are that the Whites should be putting some concerted effort into bringing in another stopper, and one with some pedigree to boot.
Many names of supposed targets have been mentioned, chief amongst them being Newcastle United’s back-up keeper Karl Darlow. Leeds were said to be looking for a loan-to-buy deal for Darlow, and were not seen as too keen on his reputed £4m price tag.
The hunt still goes on, but Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Phil Hay tweeted one comment earlier that not only scotches a trending rumour amongst Leeds United fans, but layers in a new level of mystery and intrigue.
no, won’t be Forster but they will get a keeper. That’s the one they’ve been working on this week
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) January 10, 2019
Replying to a question about rumours of Southampton keeper Fraser Foster and Leeds United, Hay puts that well and truly to bed and tucks it in. Yet, the scotching of the Foster rumour isn’t the biggest ‘news’ as such.
What is of more interest to Leeds United fans is what Hay says to end his comment. His reiteration that Leeds United “will get a keeper” and reassurance that it’s “the one they’ve been working on this week” will go some way to quell the growing concern of Whites fans.
United take on a renewed Derby County outfit at Elland Road tomorrow evening. It is a game that the Whites could do with three points from to snap a two-match losing streak to Hull City (2-0) and Nottingham Forest (4-2).