Opinion: Leeds United’s smartest swoop in a while can help Bielsa save money for big striker deal

Leeds United fans in the Transfer Tavern are readying themselves for an exciting 2018/19 season with Marcelo Bielsa taking the reins at the Championship club and a number of top players being linked with the club.

Firstly though, The Whites must sort out their goalkeeping problem. Felix Wiedwald started last season as the number one but lost his place in the side until his deputy Andy Lonergan suffered a neck injury and the German regained his place.

However, after a series of poor performances towards the end of the season Wiedwald lost his place to 21-year-old Bailey Peacock-Farrell and has recently left the West Yorkshire club to join Frankfurt.

There could be a cheap and effective solution to Leeds’ problems in this department available though. The Yorkshire Evening Post’s chief football writer Phil Hay has said that Birmingham have told David Stockdale that he will be training with the junior squads if he doesn’t leave the club and that Leeds are interested.

Stockdale is a well-travelled keeper across the Premier League and Football Leagues and would provide experienced competition and guidance to Peacock-Farrell.

If Leeds were able to complete the deal for free it would also leave Bielsa with enough money in the transfer budget to pursue a marquee signing such as last season’s Championship top scorer Matěj Vydra. Indeed, by strengthening such a key area for a fairly small sum, Bielsa would be saving big cash to make an even larger capture later in the window.

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