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Hero to zero: Huffer should aim higher than Barnet loan from Leeds

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Hero to zero: Huffer should aim higher than Barnet loan from Leeds

It was only a matter of two months ago that Will Huffer had temporarily become Marcelo Bielsa’s first choice goalkeeper at Leeds United, following injury to Jamal Blackman and Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

Following the arrival of Kiko Casilla, Leeds United have now confirmed that Huffer will join mid-table National League side Barnet in a real fall from grace for the 20-year-old.

Whilst he will undoubtedly benefit from regular first team football, something he looks guaranteed to get in his month long spell in north London, many will feel that he should have aimed higher.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 06: Will Huffer of Leeds United looks on during the FA Cup Third Round match between Queens Park Rangers and Leeds United at Loftus Road on January 6, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

Keeping a clean sheet in his only first team game against Bristol City, Huffer did not appear to show any signs of inexperience and looked comfortable, making it surprising that no EFL sides showed an interest.


However, the market for a goalkeeper is always limited mid-season and Huffer may have been left with a choice of gaining experience at Barnet or rotting in the reserves, particularly if Peacock-Farrell becomes number one for the under 23s.

Huffer remains a promising talent for Leeds and one that Bielsa will surely be keen to keep on his side, though it will remain to be seen how much he can get out of a drop to non-league.

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