Leeds United are in the hunt for a new goalkeeper and Karl Darlow is being widely tipped to arrive at Elland Road in January.
Bailey Peacock-Farrell has failed to earn the trust of Leeds supporters so far this season. The young goalkeeper has made some outstanding saves and showcased a level of potential which hints at a top-flight future, but his lack of experience has manifested itself on a handful of occasions this season.
Marcelo Bielsa is an advocate of the promotion of youth from within the club, but in a position as niche as goalkeeper it’s considerably more difficult for aspiring stars to make the transition into senior football without drawing attention to a glaring lack of experience.
With that said, it’s no surprise that Bielsa is eager to bring in a new goalkeeper at the start of January, according to Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Phil Hay, with Darlow cited as a key target.
Darlow’s previous experience in the Championship and his apparent availability make him a safe option for the Whites, but there is reason to suggest that a higher calibre option is available next month, namely Michel Vorm.
According to the Daily Mail, Vorm will be made available in January as Tottenham plan to oversee a winter sale of their fringe players.
Vorm was once a highly regarded Premier League goalkeeper, with his form at Swansea City forming the basis of a solid reputation in England.
But, as is so often the case for stoppers who risk first-team football in search of a step up in class, his career has regressed into near insignificance.
Vorm now finds himself as Tottenham’s third choice goalkeeper behind Hugo Lloris and Paulo Gazzaniga, who is even starting to knock on the door of the World Cup winner for the number one shirt.
The Dutch goalkeeper’s time in north London is finished and the recent report merely confirms what had already become apparent. His next destination is unknown, but with Leeds in the market for a new goalkeeper there is every reason to suggest Bielsa should be considering a deal.
Vorm took a gamble in his career by taking the challenge of rivalling Lloris for Tottenham’s number one shirt and, although that has backfired, it illuminates his self confidence and desire to consistently take on new challenges, a trait which hints he would be interested in helping Leeds to win promotion.
Despite Vorm’s slump there is no question he is a superior talent to Darlow, and with his contract set to expire next summer Leeds have an ideal opportunity to sign him on a cut-price deal.
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