When Leeds signed Chelsea goalkeeper Jamal Blackman in July this year, fans would have expected big things from him.
Many thought that the former England under-19 international would battle it out with Northern Ireland international Bailey Peacock-Farrell for the number one shirt, but it appears he is well and truly losing that battle.
The 24-year-old has not featured yet in the league, and has only played in the League Cup, where The Whites crashed out in the second round.
However, Blackman is three years older than his competitor, meaning that it is unlikely that he will ever be able to usurp the 21-year-old Peacock-Farrell this season. Of the two, the incumbent is more likely to improve, as he is still at a formative age in football.
With that in mind, questions will be asked about Blackman’s future, particularly at Chelsea. He is no longer deemed a young player, and if he cannot prove himself in the Championship, it seems impossible to think that he will be able to in the Premier League.
Many keepers have been much younger that Blackman and been global superstars. To think that Thibaut Courtois is only two years older than Blackman and has been a huge star, both for Chelsea and Belgium, for a number of years now.
The trouble is, Marcello Bielsa’s choice of snubbing him appears to be paying off, certainly in terms of results. While question marks may remain over Peacock-Bailey, no one can argue with the team’s league position, and that is why Blackman faces an uphill battle to start.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!