Leeds were reportedly set to sign Belgian talent Senne Lammens from Club Brugge in January and could still do so, with his deal expiring – but since those Leeds links, he has been completely axed from the club’s match day squad.

Lammens, 20, is highly-rated in Belgium. A goalkeeper with three Under-21 caps for his country, and has broken into Brugge’s senior side on four occasions – conceding five times. This term, it has not gone to plan for Lammens.

The goalkeeper has failed to play a single game for Brugge’s first team. Throughout the first half of the season, he warmed the bench as Simon Mignolet’s back-up goalkeeper. For the first 28 games of 22-23, he was on the bench.

That included all six of Brugge’s Champions League group games. Then, on January 8, Belgian outlet HLN reported that Lammens was on his way to Leeds. However, nothing materialised for the goalkeeper – and he has stayed put.

What is intriguing, is that Lammens – who as things stand, will leave on a free in June – has been replaced in the match day squad from January 22nd. The next 11 Brugge games have seen Lammens lose his place in the squad.

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Leeds were set to sign Lammens, he has been axed from Brugge squad

The interest in Lammens is unlikely have subsided. Leeds did not need to sign Lammens in January but the need for the Belgian talent might be more so in the summer. Joel Robles is out of contract, and Kris Klaesson could depart.

Even if, if the latter goes on loan. A move looks likely. Robles may well sign a new deal but the Spanish veteran will know his place at Leeds is either as second, or third choice. He seems happy to play that role behind Illan Meslier.

So, with Klaesson likely to go on loan and doubt regarding Robles’ future – the need for a new back-up goalkeeper is big in the summer. Lammens will be available on a free and Leeds are likely to retain an interest in his services.


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