Championship

Addition of available £630k-rated star would go some way to solving a key Leeds problem

According to a recent report from The Scottish Sun, Rangers goalkeeper Wes Foderingham is available for transfer this summer. The arrival of Allan McGregor on a free transfer back in May appears to have pushed the former Swindon Town shot-stopper down the pecking order at Ibrox, which is news that should be of interest to Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United, as they seek to solve a key problem in their goalkeeping ranks.

The Breakdown

Ultimately, the shot-stopping department at Elland Road was far from convincing for the vast majority of last season, with neither Felix Wiedwald nor Andy Lonergan doing enough to warrant the number one jersey for the duration of the campaign.

Both men were given opportunities by Thomas Christiansen and Paul Heckingbottom, but it was 21-year-old Bailey Peacock-Farrell who finished the season as the club’s number one with some fine displays in the final few matches of the campaign.

And while some of our resident Leeds fans reckon he is good enough to don the gloves, many are concerned regarding his suitability for the duration of a Championship campaign, which is why a move for available Foderingham makes complete sense this summer.

Yes, the 27-year-old has never played in English football’s second tier, and was actually at third tier side Swindon before making the move to Ibrox back in 2015, but the Englishman has done a decent job between the sticks at the Scottish giants in keeping 49 clean sheets in 130 games for the club.

And with just 138 goals conceded in that time, Foderingham can reflect on a solid time at the Gers if it does indeed come to an end this summer, but being able to produce the goods at a big club and under pressure at Rangers will stand him in good stead for his next career move.

And with Leeds seemingly in need of a goalkeeper to solve a key problem in their squad, his experiences of playing in front of a packed stadium and passionate supporters week in week out should be of interest to Bielsa and the Leeds hierarchy.

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Ultimately, expectations will be high at Elland Road this season following Bielsa’s appointment, which means that those on the pitch will have to deal with a huge amount of pressure and sense of expectation – Foderingham has done that throughout his time at Rangers.

And with over 300 club appearances in his career to date, he could also be an excellent mentor for 21-year-old Peacock-Farrell at Elland Road – another reason why Bielsa must seek to solve a key problem at Leeds with the signing of the available £630,000-rated star (as per Transfermarkt).

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