Sunday, October 2, 2022

Leeds United Set To Sign Polish Free Agent: How Does He Fit In At Elland Road?

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Diptanil Roy
Diptanil used to be a columnist of The 4th Official. Knows German and not afraid to use it on you.

A flying start to the new season saw Leeds United thrash most of their opponents as they marched their way to the top of the table. Dazzling attacking link-up play combined with a rock defence that kept four back to back clean sheets had everyone praising Leeds’ start.

Thomas Christiansen, who replaced the popular Garry Monk, as the manager of the club, was welcomed with a touch of scepticism, largely because he had not managed in such an intense league before and partially because the club fans still wanted Monk back. However, the Spaniard won over all the critics and fans with his sides’ new philosophy of football.

Things rarely go smoothly forever, especially if you are a manager in an English league. Christiansen saw his side lose form drastically and crash to three consecutive defeats. Such disastrous drop in form shocked everyone who thought Leeds United would make a charge for the title this season.

As things turned sour at Elland Road, people have come flying in with suggestions and solutions. Of the most clichéd answer, one can provide to such predicaments, is surely the “need for new signings”. It is the single answer of every outsider to every problem every club has ever faced. Although the idea of it is actually not bad, it is not always possible to keep buying new players and discarding old ones like toys.

Leeds were strongly suggested to make an approach for a new goalkeeper after pundits were not impressed with the shaky hands of the Leeds United man between the sticks. It now seems like the Leeds board and manager have however paid heed and done exactly that.

Reports suggest that Leeds United have offered a contract to free agent Kamil Miazek. The 21-year old goalkeeper has been on trial with Leeds since the end of last month and was also checked out by Barnsley this summer.

Miazek is an ambitious youngster who wants to learn foreign football but at the same time get regular game time. He is determined to seize the big opportunities and aims to emulate Polish international Wojciech Szczęsny. Miazek is however expected to join up with the U-23s.

The question that is begging now is how and where do Leeds expect to play the 21-year old, especially since the club, after their heavy summer spending, which saw 14 new faces come in, already has 3 established first-team goalkeepers?

Moreover, how exactly will the signing of a U-23 player help solve the defensive problems the first team is facing? Especially since Miazek is not even expected to see the first team face for the time being? Only time will tell!

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