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Can Stuart Dallas and Bailey Peacock-Farrell help lure Gavin Whyte to Leeds United?

Leeds United are one of 10 clubs said to be monitoring the Northern Ireland star.

Mathew Nash

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It has been an excellent few months for Leeds United goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell. The talented stopper ended the season as the Whites number one goalkeeper and now he is set for senior international duty with Northern Ireland.

The young stopper was included in Michael O’Neill’s squad for upcoming games with Panama and Costa Rica. He joins fellow Leeds player Stuart Dallas in the squad and the pair will hope to enjoy success with their nation after a difficult few months at Elland Road.

But apart from Peacock-Farrell and Dallas, Leeds also have another interest in the squad.

Crusaders winger Gavin Whyte received his first call-up to the national team this week. The NIFL Player of the Year scored 21 goals for the club last season, as they won the league title.

Now it appears he will be heading to England or Scotland this summer, with a host of clubs said to be keen in his signature. One of those, as reported by Sky Sports, is Leeds United – the leading light among 10 clubs seemingly chasing him.

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Whyte looks to be a brilliant young talent with all the attributes to make it in the game. So Leeds will not want to lose out to a rival in the race to secure his services.

Which is why this international break could be a massive boost to their chances. What better way to convince Whyte into a move to Elland Road, then by having two players who currently play for Leeds in his ear over the summer.

Dallas can speak from experience, being an ex-Crusader himself. He made the transition from Northern Ireland to England successfully and could tell Whyte why such a move would be good for his career.

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As for Peacock-Farrell, he is around the same age as Whyte so can perhaps relate to him more than the more experienced Dallas.

As a pairing, they might be perfect for convincing Whyte to come and play for Leeds. Dallas has done the same journey as he is proposing when he moved to Brentford in 2012 and can vouch for it. In Peacock-Farrell, the 22-year-old has a peer he can hopefully relate to.

Leeds must use this opportunity to beat out the competition and bring the exciting Whyte to Elland Road this summer.

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Leeds United round-up: Vydra wants Premier League, Omeruo comments and Bounedjah no-go

All the latest news and gossip from Leeds United.

Mathew Nash

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Vydra woe

Another stumbling block has emerged in Leeds United’s attempts to sign Matej Vydra this summer. As reported by The Sun, the Czech Republic forward is waiting on a potential move to the Premier League.

Whilst he is keen on a £11 million move to Leeds, and his club Derby are prepared to sell, the 26-year-old is also wary that it might be time to try his talents in the Premier League again.

The former West Brom and Watford attacker was the Championship’s top-scorer last season.

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Omeruo to follow?

Nigerian international defender Kenneth Omeruo has sparked talk of a Leeds United move, after commenting on new Leeds signing Jamal Blackman’s Instagram.

As reported by The 72, Omeruo commented ‘wait for me’ on Blackman’s post.

That has led many to wonder if he might be West Yorkshire bound.

Considering Leeds have also signed Lewis Baker on loan from Chelsea this summer, then a deal for former Middlesbrough loanee Omeruo is not beyond the realms of possibility.

Deal pulled

Leeds United have ended their interest in Baghdad Bounedjah. The Algerian paper L’Expression reports that the Al Sadd striker was simply too expensive for Leeds.

The Qatari club wanted a fee in the region of £13.25 million for the player, who scored 25 goals in 19 games last season.

But considering his lack of European experience, Leeds were not willing to pay the quoted price.

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Jay-Roy Grot right to choose VVV Venlo over Fenerbahce this summer

The Dutchman was reportedly wanted by the Turkish giants.

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It was no surprise earlier this month that Leeds United loaned out Dutch forward Jay-Roy Grot. He headed back to the Netherlands, joining VVV Venlo, after failing to make a significant impact at Elland Road.

What might come as a surprise is the other team who apparently wanted him?

According to Fotospor in Turkey, the 20-year-old also had the chance to join Fenerbahce this summer. The Dutchman was reportedly a target for his countryman and newly appointed Fener boss Phillip Cocu.

It would certainly have been a shock to see the bullish front-man make the move to one of Turkish football’s biggest clubs, considering his season at Leeds.

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Grot did not impress fans with his performances at Elland Road. In a total of 22 matches for Leeds, he managed one goal and one assist.

Despite possessing clear raw talent, it seemed first-team football in the Championship was a little beyond him at the time.


“We believe that Jay-Roy has a strong future ahead of him and we feel that regularly playing games is going to be a key part of his development.”

– Leeds United director of football Victor Orta after Grot’s loan deal went through


What he needs now is regular playing time somewhere he feels comfortable, like Venlo. Moving to Fenerbahce would have been a big mistake, despite the lure of the Istanbul giants. The Leeds man decided his future was best off benefitting from a spell back in Holland and he is absolutely right to do so.

Hopefully, he can prove himself a talent worthy of a future at Leeds.

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Leeds’ loan signing of Jamal Blackman adds much-needed goalkeeping depth

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On Monday, Leeds United announced the loan signing of goalkeeper Jamal Blackman from Chelsea.

The 24-year-old Englishman represents an astute signing on Marcelo Bielsa’s part, adding much-needed depth and Championship experience to the squad.

This summer, the Yorkshire club have seen nine players depart Elland Road, including goalkeepers Felix Wiedwald and Andy Lonergan.

As a result of this large turnover, the Whites have been left extremely short-staffed between the sticks, with only 21-year-old Bailey Peacock-Farrell in the mix with meaningful first-team experience.

Blackman is a smart addition to the squad as it is clear more goalkeeping options are needed, and it would be naive to allow Peacock-Farrell to occupy the undisputed number one spot when he only has 12 Championship appearances to his name.

Although the youngster’s performances during the final months of last season showed his impressive potential, Peacock-Farrell nevertheless conceded 18 goals and kept just a solitary clean sheet in 11 matches.

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In future seasons, the 21-year-old will be trusted with the starting spot but, for now, Jamal Blackman is a more effective option and can teach Peacock-Farrell about goalkeeping in the Championship.

Blackman made 31 appearances for Sheffield United last season, steering the Blades to an impressive tenth-placed finish, nine points above Leeds. The goalkeeper kept nine clean sheets and only conceded 34 goals, a laudable feat.

In addition, Chelsea experts think highly of the goalkeeper, as the club has continued to hold to his services permanently after numerous loan spells – perhaps indicating they hold out hope he can perform for the Blues at a top level one day.

Speaking to Leeds Live, football.london Chelsea writer Oliver Harbord praised Blackman’s saving abilities.

“He comes with the reputation of being a top shotstopper with some excellent reactions.”

In all, the season-long loan signing of Jamal Blackman is a smart piece of business from Leeds, bolstering their threadbare goalkeeping options with a highly-rated young shot-stopper.

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