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Leeds linked with Woodman but Newcastle team-mate Elliot would be a better signing

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Leeds linked with Woodman but Newcastle team-mate Elliot would be a better signing

Leeds have been linked with Freddie Woodman. Should they target Rob Elliot instead?

Leeds United’s priority in the January transfer window will be strengthening their goalkeeper department.

After Jamal Blackman suffered a broken leg, Leeds were left with limited options in goal.

And Bailey Peacock-Farrell also suffered a minor injury, prompting Marcelo Bielsa to give a first-team debut to 20-year-old Will Huffer.

Peacock-Farrell is now back but he needs competition between the sticks, especially as he has made a few costly errors this season.

As the January window edges closer, the goalkeeper transfer rumours have started and the latest player linked with a move to Leeds is Freddie Woodman.

Newcastle United goalkeeper Woodman needs to leave on loan for first-team experience and Leeds could offer him a spot in the Championship.

 

But aged just 21, the England youth international is a risk given his lack of experience at that level.

Therefore, Leeds should consider switching their target to Woodman’s team-mate Rob Elliot.

(Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

The 32-year-old is behind Martin Dubravka in the pecking order and with Karl Darlow also on their books, Newcastle could let him leave.

Standing at 6ft 3in, Elliot commands his box well, is good in the air and is a strong shot-stopper.

Moreover, his experience of playing in the top two tiers of English football would benefit Leeds and help to develop Peacock-Farrell.

The 4-cap Republic of Ireland international could provide Leeds with much-needed solidity in goal ahead of the promotion push.

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NCTJ-qualified sports journalist with a passion for playing and writing about football. West Ham fan.

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