Looks like Leeds United have captured another signing for the Academy.
After a busy summer transfer window, in which Leeds signed over a dozen players for the first team, Leeds continues to look towards the future. The club signed a number of young players for the Academy, including poaching promising players from La Liga in Spain. The highest profile of these players is Kun Temenuzhkov, who was signed from Barcelona and recently named as one of the top 60 prospects in the world born in the year 2000 by The Guardian.
So it wasn’t surprising to hear that the club offered a trial to 21 year-old former Feyenoord goalkeeper Kamil Miazek. It appears that the club stepped in and offered a trial to the young Polish keeper after rumored interest from Barnsley FC. After leaving Feyenoord, Miazek had been playing for Chojniczanka Chojnice in the Polish 2nd division. Miazek has made one appearance for the Poland U19s. According to rumors on the internet, he has been offered a contract, but Leeds tends to keep the youth signings close to the vest, so confirmation from the club will be hard to get.
Does this mean that Felix Wiedwald’s time as starting keeper is suddenly going to be up? Don’t be silly, of course not. However, this will mean that the status of Bailey Peacock-Farrell will need to be sorted out. Peacock-Farrell already had one loan move scuppered at the beginning of the season, as Marco Silvestri left the club to return to Serie A with Hellas Verona, prompting Peacock-Farrell to join the club in summer training in Austria.
Peacock-Farrell probably needs to go out on loan for first team, or at least first team, opportunities that he has found difficult to get in the first team at Leeds this season. He hasn’t appeared in a match for the senior squad this season, and despite Felix Wiedwald’s poor showing against Sheffield Wednesday, the big German appears to have the starting goalkeeper spot nailed down, as Rob Green left for the bench at Huddersfield Town and the club brought in Andy Lonergan to be the back-up keeper before the end of the transfer window.
At the very least, signing Miazek will allow Peacock-Farrell to go out on loan and get some valuable experience. And who knows? Perhaps Miazek will turn into gold like so many other signatures that the club has made so far this season.