It’s no secret that Leeds United have been looking for a new goalkeeper this summer, and despite the links to Angus Gunn from Manchester City and David Stockdale from Birmingham City, it appears that Leeds have found their man.
Young Chelsea keeper Jamal Blackman appears to be posting pictures of himself outside of Thorp Arch, leading to speculation that the keeper has signed a deal with Leeds. With no word out of the club, it’s not known if the keeper has signed on loan or on a permanent basis.
Jamal Blackman should be a familiar name to fans of the Championship and football in Yorkshire, as he spent last year on loan at Sheffield United. The 23 year-old former England youth international has spent almost all of his Chelsea career out on loan.
Last season, Blackman was a routine starter for Sheffield United, helping the newly promoted Championship side make a successful start to their time back in the second division of English football. He kept nine clean sheets and allowed only 34 goals in 31 league appearances for The Blades.
Before coming to Sheffield United, Blackman spent the 2016/17 season on loan at Wycombe Wanderers in League Two, where he kept 14 clean sheets and allowed 50 goals in 42 appearances. He also has spent time on loan at Middlesbrough and at Swedish team Östersunds FK in the Allsvenskan. He has not made a senior appearance for Chelsea, although he was included on the bench against Arsenal back in the 2011/12 season. He did not appear in the match, but given that goalkeepers are rarely substituted, that’s not entirely shocking.
Will Blackman be a starter at Leeds? Or has he been brought into the club as competition for Bailey Peacock-Farrell? Phil Hay noted on the Inside Elland Road Podcast that it appears that Leeds have been looking to bring in two keepers, meaning that they might be looking to send the Northern Ireland international out on loan.
Anyway, it sure appears that Leeds have at least one new keeper.