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Will Huffer staked his claim for a Leeds United role against Bristol City

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Will Huffer staked his claim for a Leeds United role against Bristol City

Much of Leeds’ past week was spent desperately searching for a solution to a goalkeeping injury crisis after a broken leg for Jamal Blackman was followed up by a knee problem for Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

It turned out that the answer lied in 20-year-old Will Huffer, who stepped up to the plate and made his first team debut against Bristol City, keeping a clean sheet in a 2-0 win.

Previously, his only experience in Bielsa’s set up was to feature in a pre-season friendly which ended in a 4-3 defeat and saw the youngster heavily criticised by some.

LEEDS, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 24: Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa watches on from the technical area during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Bristol City at Elland Road on November 24, 2018 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Alex Dodd – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Now, he has shown that he has what it takes. Whilst he is unlikely to challenge the far superior and far more experienced Peacock-Farrell, he may have proved to his coach that he should warrant a place on the bench.

 

That could placate the supposed need for a January signing in goal, particularly if Huffer can act as a cheaper solution to the lack of a second choice between the sticks.

At the very least, Huffer is capable back-up to have available on the bench at Elland Road. At best, he could be a long-term alternative to the Australian.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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