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Opinion: Leeds should make a move for Manchester United’s Lee Grant after Blackman injury

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa should target a move for experienced stopper Lee Grant in January after the injury suffered by Jamal Blackman left the Whites with just one senior goalkeeper.

What’s the situation?

Leeds Live confirmed last Friday that on-loan keeper Blackman had returned to his parent club Chelsea having broken his leg in the U23s 3-0 loss to Birmingham at Thorp Arch.

Blackman had been a regular for the U23 side this season and had made two first-team appearances in the Carabao Cup, as well as sitting on the bench for every league game of the season so far.

His injury though leaves Marcelo Bielsa with Bailey Peacock-Farrell as the club’s only senior goalkeeper, and even he is just 22 years of age.

The Northern Irishman has also been under a great deal of pressure after some high-profile mistakes in recent weeks, meaning there is little doubt that Bielsa will need to make a signing in January.

The answer

Bielsa then should target Leeds’ old rivals Manchester United. Specifically, he should look to bring their summer signing Lee Grant to Elland Road, either on loan or on a bargain permanent deal.

It came as somewhat of a shock when United announced the signing of Grant in the summer, but the 35-year-old is a decent keeper as he proved during his time in the Premier League with Stoke City.

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This season, the Englishman has made just one appearance for the United first-team in the Carabao Cup loss to Derby, but considering he is well down the pecking order at Old Trafford it shouldn’t be too difficult for the Whites to convince him to force a move.

Grant has played over 350 Championship games from spells with Derby County, Burnley and Sheffield Wednesday, and he would be able to mentor Peacock-Farrell whilst also providing a safe pair of hands if he did start ahead of him.

So, Leeds fans, would you support a move for Grant in the winter transfer window, or should Bielsa be targeting a keeper with a longer term solution in mind? Have your say by voting in the poll below.

Article title: Opinion: Leeds should make a move for Manchester United’s Lee Grant after Blackman injury

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