Brighton and Hove Albion’s Connor Goldson’s life changed last February. During a routine club checkup, doctors discovered a heart defect. After hearing he had a swollen aorta, Goldson thought his career might have been over. He had an operation towards the end of March and missed three months recovering. In the Seagull’s last game of the season against Aston Villa, Goldson was able to warm up with his team. Now, with Lewis Dunk, Shane Duffy, Uwe Hünemeier all ahead of him, Brighton are considering sending the centre-back on loan.
In 2015, Leeds United were interested in signing Goldson from Shrewsbury Town but had their bid rejected and Goldson ultimately ended up in Brighton. Now, with centre-back a dire need for the Whites, Goldson could end up at Elland Road.
Leeds can be a great option for Connor Goldson. The only way he can prove he’s capable of playing the way he used to, is to get playing time. And considering Leeds have a star defensemen, a fringe starting quality centre-back, and a young Premier League CB on loan, playing time could be easy to come by. Until Liam Cooper or Matthew Pennington prove themselves to start alongside Pontus Jansson/Leeds bring in a starting CB, Thomas Christiansen will/should rotate Cooper and Pennington. Connor Goldson could pop into that rotation.
While having half the centre-backs on your team as loanees is concerning to me, I think loaning in Connor Goldson is the best way to approach him. His heart condition is a cause for concern, so bringing him in for a season to see how he plays is a great idea. The 24-year-old is valued at €750,000 by transfermarkt.com and is behind Dunk, Duffy, and Hünemeier, so a permanent move to Elland Road could happen.
How do YOU feel about bringing Connor Goldson to Elland Road? Is his heart that big of a cause for concern? Lemme know in the comments! MOT