With Leeds in the grip of a goalkeeping crisis, Will Huffer stepped into the breach against Bristol City on Saturday and kept a clean sheet in the 2-0 win.
Jamal Blackman is a long-term absentee with a broken leg but Marcelo Bielsa confirmed yesterday that Bailey Peacock-Farrell is fit to start the game if needed.
So what should Bielsa do? He told the press that the Northern Irishman would have been dropped from the weekend’s game anyway even if he wasn’t injured and there is no reason why he can’t still give the man who has been first-choice this season that wake-up call now.
That’s because Huffer performed impressively at Elland Road on Saturday, commanding his area well and doing a good job of hiding the debut nerves that were bound to be under the surface.
The visit of Reading represents another very winnable match for Leeds as they look to regain some consistency in the promotion race and Huffer deserves to keep his place.
With Blackman ruled out for the foreseeable future, Bielsa needs two reliable goalkeepers to call on and offer each other healthy competition.
Giving Huffer exposure to gametime while Peacock-Farrell is off-form and recovering from injury is the ideal way to create that scenario.