Leeds United are reportedly set to confirm their first signing of the January window over the weekend in the form of Chievo goalkeeper Elia Caprile – but his signing could seal the fate of two other goalkeepers at Elland Road.
Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb have claimed a medical has been pencilled in for the weekend to sign 18-year-old Italy Under-18 international Caprile. It is believed he will put pen to paper on a contract until the summer of 2024.
With Kiko Casilla the undisputed first choice goalkeeper at the club and French teenager Illan Meslier impressing on loan as his back-up – and could sign a permanent deal – Caprile is expected to become one of the main goalkeepers for the Under-23 side.
But does the reportedly imminent signing of Caprile mean that Leeds will lose two of their current goalkeepers – in the form of Will Huffer and Kamil Miazek? Both are in the final months of their contracts, set to expire in June.
Huffer, 21, has appeared for Leeds on one occasion – keeping a clean sheet against Bristol City last season while also turning out three times for Barnet on loan. The England youth international is currently injured.
But it has seen Huffer fall down the pecking order – unable to even turn out for the reserves. Former Feyenoord stopper Miazek has seen more action this season, playing for the Under-23’s and appearing on the bench for the first team 13 times.
However, Miazek is now 23 years of age and has failed to play for the first team since joining Leeds in October 2017. Both players were in danger of being released by Leeds – and now they may have suffered the final nail in their coffins.
That is because the signing of Caprile is only likely to push them further down the pecking order – with little time to show why they deserve a new deal before the end of June. The signing of Caprile surely signals the end of Huffer and Miazek.