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Heckingbottom must urge Radrizzani to win race for £900k-rated international this summer

Leeds United supporters have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side suffer a second successive Championship defeat at the hands of Aston Villa on Friday night.

Paul Heckingbottom’s side went into their clash with the promotion-chasing Villans having won just one of their previous eight league games, a run of form which has put pay to their top six chances this season. And the Yorkshire giants were unable to get back to winning ways at Villa Park on Friday as Lewis Grabban’s first half header was enough to secure all three points for Steve Bruce’s side, leaving Leeds chief Heckingbottom with just two victories from his 13 matches in charge.

Consequently, there have been many deflated Leeds fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are beginning to question whether Heckingbottom is indeed the right man to take the club forward following his tricky start to life in the Elland Road hotseat.

In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Whites supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports that their club are interested in a summer move for Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Keiren Westwood.

Southampton and Celtic are also thought to be keen on the £900,000-rated star (as per Transfermarkt), yet the 33-year-old should indeed opt for a move to Heckingbottom’s Leeds.

Ultimately, there has been much uncertainty surrounding the goalkeeping ranks at Elland Road this season.

Summer signing Felix Wiedwald began the campaign between the sticks but was replaced by Andy Lonergan after making some key errors, from which the former than regained his place not long after following Lonergan’s own struggles in the Leeds goal.

Wiedwald was given a second chance but again failed to take it, leaving young shot-stopper Bailey Peacock-Farrell in possession of the gloves presently having started each of their last eight matches, and performing reasonably well in that time.

Nonetheless, there are doubts over whether the 21-year-old can perform at that level over the course of the campaign, yet there can be no such concerns regarding Westwood’s ability.

Ultimately, the 33-year-old has played a key part in the Owls’ last two runs to the Championship play-offs, keeping 14 clean sheets in the 2015/16 campaign as Carlos Carvalhal’s men reached the Wembley showpiece, before achieving 15 shut-outs last time round as the Yorkshire club fell to rivals Huddersfield Town in the semi-finals.

And the Republic of Ireland international was again in fine form earlier this season prior to sustaining a groin injury back in December, but those figures alongside several impressive displays suggest that he could be the answer to Leeds’ goalkeeping problems.

And if Heckingbottom’s men are serious about mounting a promotion challenge next season, they need someone reliable between the sticks – Westwood certainly is.

As such, the Leeds chief simply must urge owner Andrea Radrizzani to fend off reported interest in the 33-year-old by luring him to Elland Road this summer.

Leeds fans… what do you think? Let us know!


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