The Leeds United fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping their club will finally mount a genuine push for promotion next season, but they believe plenty of new acquisitions will be needed in order to turn that dream into a reality.
The Whites have struggled to compete at the top end of the Championship table for a number of years now, and Paul Heckingbottom’s arrival in February has shown little sign of changing the status quo just yet. Whether Heckingbottom will remain at the club this summer remains to be seen as rumours regarding a handful of replacements continue to circulate in the media.
However, Leeds will need to strengthen their options on the pitch first and foremost and, after a season of chopping and changing, the club should prioritise the signing of a new goalkeeper this summer.
Leeds have already been linked with a move for Manchester City’s Angus Gunn this summer, but there is plenty of reason to suggest they should target a goalkeeper who is set to leave City when his contract expires tomorrow, namely Joe Hart.
Hart’s career has been on something of a downward spiral in the past few seasons which has been characterised by high-profile mistakes and a subsequent lack of confidence for a goalkeeper who was once regarded as one of the world’s best.
His fall from grace has been a sobering story and a timely reminder of the integral role which confidence and momentum can play even at the highest reaches of the game, but there is still plenty of time left for Hart to rediscover his former self again at just 31-years-of-age.
In order for Hart (valued at £9 million by Transfermarkt) to rebuild his confidence and improve on his recent form, he may be forced to take a step down into the Championship after enduring a tough season with West Ham, so Leeds should certainly be making contact with him this summer.
With interest likely to be emerging from elsewhere, it will certainly be difficult for Leeds to lure the two-time Premier League title-winner to Elland Road this summer, but his arrival would solve a nagging problem and give everybody involved with the club a massive boost ahead of their promotion bid.
Having a goalkeeper of Hart’s quality between the sticks would give Leeds a fantastic foundation from which to push for promotion next season, so Heckingbottom should at least be exploring the possibility of signing him on a free transfer when his contract expires.
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