David Marshall

David Marshall

With rumours rife that PSG, Atletico and Real Madrid are all eying Champions-League-hungry Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, sourcing a replacement No.1 could quickly emerge as a leading priority for the Lilywhites this summer.

Enter Cardiff City’s David Marshall. The Bluebirds may have finished at the bottom of the Premier League table with the second-worst goals conceded record in the division, but the 29 year-old’s continually talismanic performances between the sticks suggests their inaugural top flight campaign could have been considerably more embarrassing.

The Scotland international finished the season having recorded more saves, 143, than any other Premier League ‘keeper and despite the glaring inadequacies of Cardiff’s defence also claimed an impressive seven clean sheets.

Admittedly, moving from 20th to 6th in the Premier League is an enormous step, especially considering the current campaign was Marshall’s first in the English top flight.

But expected to leave south Wales this summer and valued at just £6million by the tabloids, he could prove to be a real coup for the Lilywhites.