Marcelo Bielsa’s injury list has grown further. Jamal Blackman’s loan at Leeds is over after the goalkeeper broke his leg in an under-23 game.
Blackman may have been the second-choice goalkeeper at Elland Road, but the injury is a major blow for Bielsa. Questions have been asked of Bailey Peacock-Farrell’s form recently, so Blackman’s chance may have been lurking on the other side of the international break.
It seems likely that Bielsa will want to sign a new goalkeeper. But in the meantime, perhaps Will Huffer should target replicating the progress that Peacock-Farrell made last year.
Huffer would arguably be the obvious choice to replace Blackman on the bench and in the under-23 side. And with Peacock-Farrell facing recent criticism, that may be a great position to be in.
The Northern Ireland international benefited from the struggles endured by Leeds’ two senior goalkeepers last season. He went from a poor loan spell at York City to a trial in Sweden to becoming the Whites’ number one in the space of a few months.
He has done extremely well. And it would arguably be harsh to drop the youngster for the Bristol City clash given his form this season. But he has plenty to prove after the defeat to West Brom.
And if he does not prove that point and Huffer is promoted, then perhaps the 20-year-old may get the opportunity that Peacock-Farrell took so well last season.