Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has been left short of options between the sticks due to injuries to both his senior goalkeepers.
The Argentine took over the club in the summer and placed his faith in young Bailey Peacock-Farrell as his number one at Elland Road. Bielsa did sign Chelsea youngster Jamal Blackman on loan to add depth, but now both ‘keepers face a spell on the sidelines. Blackman will miss the foreseeable future after suffering a broken leg, while Peacock-Farrell is struggling with a knee injury.
And with the January transfer window now less than two months away, Bielsa would be wise to bring another shot stopper to the Yorkshire giants as they seek a return to the Premier League.
And one man who should be on his shortlist is Fulham outcast Marcus Bettinelli.
Valued at £4.5 million by Transfermarkt, the Englishman was a key player for the Cottagers under Slavisa Jokanovic last year. He made 26 appearances in the Championship, helping his side win the play-off final against Aston Villa to earn promotion back to the Premier League.
Fulham targeted a new goalkeeper during this summer which made his future at the club unclear. Eventually, Jokanovic opted to sign Sergio Rico, but Bettinelli remained his number one. His impressive showings earned him a call up to the senior England squad, but the shot-stopper hasn’t featured in the Premier League since October.
Confident off his line and an excellent communicator, Bettinelli would be the ideal January addition. He would add stability to the Leeds back four, which in turn could give them the boost they need to push on and secure promotion, while his experience in the Championship could prove to be invaluable to Bielsa’s side in the long term.
If the Argentine could convince him to return to the lower division, it would be a masterstroke of a signing.
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