Leeds United may well be having a busy January after all. The departure of Samu Saiz certainly makes things more interesting even if we didn’t want it and the injury to Jamal Blackman means a keeper is a priority. Karl Darlow is on the radar by the looks of things.
Newcastle United's Karl Darlow on Leeds United's radar as the club look to strike a deal for a goalkeeper in the early stages of the transfer window:https://t.co/DtEeP6B9mw
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) December 18, 2018
Phil Hay has released the story this afternoon and this is one that would make sense. Darlow is out of the side at Newcastle and certainly behind Dubravka who’s been the most impressive player in a Newcastle shirt this season. The keeper signed from Nottingham Forest and did impress as he took to life in the Premier League, and then played a key part in helping Benitez get Newcastle out of the Championship as champions a few years back.
Leeds do have a couple of promising young keepers and England youth keeper Will Huffer was called into action as Jamal Blackman was badly injured and Baily Peacock-Farrell picked up a knock in training. He kept a clean sheet but it’s not an ideal situation given the position of the club and the need to have options if players are injured. Peacock-Farrell was given his chance by Paul Heckingbottom because there was little left to play for in the league last season, Huffer doesn’t have that luxury this.
Darlow seems to command a £4 million price-tag by Newcastle but Leeds would almost certainly look to loan him and pay a chunk of his wages to bring him to Elland Road. Leeds wouldn’t pay that money for a keeper when Peacock-Farrell is almost certain to remain the number one going forward. The chances of injuries are increased with him playing international football as well, Northern Ireland seem to have a habit of returning players injured, Stuart Dallas a good example.