According to latest reports, Leeds United are in contention to sign Birmingham City goalkeeper, David Stockdale. He was recently told by Birmingham City that he is surplus to requirements. Stockdale was signed last year only and the Englishman featured in 39 games in all competitions and was a regular feature for the Blues at the back. Latest reports suggest that Garry Monk doesn’t see the 32-year-old in his future plans and as a result, he might be looking to cash in on him before his contract expires.
Bailey Peacock Farrell ended the season as the no 1 stopper for the West Yorkshire team but one can say that the goalkeeping position is pretty much up for grabs at Elland Road. The Whites had signed Felix Wiedwald in 2017 and he was expected to be the one to solve their goalkeeping woes. However, the German has failed to impress at his time with the Peacocks.
It is yet not clear who will be the next Leeds United manager and which goalkeeper will be used initially, is probably going to depend on the new incoming manager. Stockdale can certainly bring in good competition for places if the new gaffer decides to go for him in the transfer market.
The 32-year-old was part of Brighton and Hove Albion’s squad when they won promotion to the Premier League but later he moved on to Birmingham City as he was unhappy that he was being offered a short-term contract at the Amex Stadium.
Birmingham City had a poor season as they were fighting relegation and were only able to confirm their survival in the Championship on the final day. Meanwhile, Leeds United’s good start to the season came to nothing as they finished a poor 13th in the Championship and that has led to them sacking their manager Paul Heckingbottom who was appointed in February this year.
A goalkeeper is probably the most important part of a defensive system and having a settled no 1 is an absolute necessity. The new manager at Leeds will need to decide whether he wants to bring in extra reinforcements in this regard and whether Stockdale will be a long-term option for the Peacocks.
The Whites might have an edge over signing him as the 32-year-old was born in Leeds and supported the club since his childhood days. However, they have other more important areas to look after and signing a new goalkeeper is currently not an absolute necessity for the side.