Former Leeds United loanee Jamal Blackman has found a new club following his difficult spell at Elland Road.
Blackman has joined popular Chelsea loan destination Vitesse Arnhem, in his sixth loan spell away from Stamford Bridge.
He will be working with the squad to recover from an injury suffered whilst a Leeds United player. Blackman, whose last game was for Leeds in an EFL Cup clash with Preston North End, was signed last summer to act as competition for Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
Marcelo Bielsa was a huge fan of the stopper, even telling the Yorkshire Evening Post he was England’s best young goalkeeper.
Unfortunately, he arrived at Leeds out of shape for Bielsa’s high standards and he spent the first half of the 2018-19 season losing 12 kg in weight.
“I say that Blackman is the best English young goalkeeper, not because I made this conclusion myself. I’m repeating the opinion of specialists on the subject.
“I’m very sad for him. He’s a great person, a great goalkeeper. He made a huge effort to do what we asked him to do. To give you an example, he lost 12 kilos. This indicates his level of application as a professional.”
The pay-off was due to come in November last year, when Blackman was set to replace Peacock-Farrell as Leeds’ number one.
However, Blackman broke his leg in an under-23 game with Birmingham City and Leeds moved on.
Blackman will now be working on proving his fitness at Vitesse before trying to win a number one spot at the Dutch club when he is fully recovered from the injury he suffered at Leeds.
When he does, he will hope to prove Bielsa right in his high opinion of the stopper’s talents.