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Danny Ward: The answer to Leeds United’s prayers

Danny Ward: The answer to Leeds United’s prayers

Leeds United are desperate to sign a goalkeeper in the upcoming January transfer window.

Marcelo Bielsa has made a dream start to life in England with Leeds sitting just one point behind league leaders Norwich after 21 games. The Whites are eight points clear of seventh-placed Nottingham Forest but will aim to secure automatic promotion back to the Premier League rather than feature in the play-offs. The January transfer window gives Bielsa another opportunity to bolster his ranks ahead of the busy New Year period.

The Argentine will surely attempt to sign a new goalkeeper following Jamal Blackman suffering a broken leg. Bailey Peacock-Farrell has been excellent at times this season but has no experienced cover behind him should he suffer an injury.

The answer to Bielsa’s problems could be Leicester City outcast – Danny Ward. Valued at £9m by Transfermarkt, Ward left Liverpool for the King Power Stadium in the summer after slipping down the pecking order following the arrival of Alisson Becker from Roma. Leicester paid £12m to prise him from Merseyside, but the Welshman was failed to displace Kasper Schmeichel in the Leicester starting eleven and has made just three League Cup appearances; keeping three clean sheets in the process.

Still only 25-years-old, the Wales international has plenty of years remaining at the highest level. Ward is no stranger to life in the Championship after helping Huddersfield secure promotion to the Premier League during his loan spell back in 2017. The temptation of regular first-team football under a world-class coach like Bielsa could tempt Ward into dropping down a division yet again. A commanding ‘keeper with excellent reflexes, he would be a wonderful addition to the Leeds squad.

Moving to Elland Road could help Ward cement his position as Wales’ number one – this is a move that makes sense for both parties.

Leeds United fans, thoughts?

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