Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa was forced to show faith in his youngsters in yesterday’s Championship clash with Bristol City.
With an injury crisis in goal, Bielsa’s hands were tied as he had to pick between two inexperienced goalkeepers to start the match.
Jamal Blackman broke his leg and returned to parent club Chelsea before Bailey Peacock-Farrell was ruled out with a knee injury.
Will Huffer got the nod ahead of Poland youth international Kamil Miazek.
And it was an impressive senior debut for the 20-year-old, who kept a clean sheet in a 2-0 Leeds win.
Although he was not extensively tested, Huffer looked calm and was in command when Bristol City sent crosses into the box.
The England youth international’s performance would have surely calmed the nerves of some Leeds fans, who have grown frustrated with Peacock-Farrell’s error-prone displays.
But despite Huffer’s debut clean sheet, Leeds should still try to sign a goalkeeper on an emergency loan.
When clubs suffer two injuries between the sticks, they can apply for an emergency loan and Leeds will surely be eligible for this arrangement.
Former Leeds target David Stockdale recently joined Wycombe Wanderers on an emergency loan.
But fringe stoppers like Fraser Forster or Tom Heaton might fancy joining the Whites on a short-term basis and Bielsa must pursue this sort of deal to strengthen the promotion bid.