In Focus: Leeds target Miazek unlikely to challenge for first-team spot yet

According to reports in The Express, Leeds United are set to offer free agent goalkeeper Kamil Miazek a contract following a successful trial.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Express has picked up on a tweet from Leeds academy scout Jakub Bokiej who says that the Yorkshire outfit are keen to sign the 21-year-old stopper.

The former Poland Under-19 international has been traning with the club having spent many of the teenage years of his career with Dutch side Feyenoord, before he moved back to his home country to play Chojnicanka.

His contract with the Polish side ran out during the summer though and having spent time on trial with Leeds’ Championship rivals Barnsley during the summer, the keeper could be on the verge of signing on at Elland Road.

Following a strong start to their league campaign, Thomas Christiansen’s men’s form ā€“ on the road ā€“ has dropped off in recent weeks and they will be keen to get back to winning ways when they host Reading on Saturday.

Would he be a good signing?

He certainly could be, yes.

Extra competition is always good in a squad and his comments about wanting to emulate fellow countryman Wojciech Szczesny ā€“ who currently plays for Juventus ā€“ will also have the caught the eye of Christiansen.

While with Feyenoord, Miazek said: “I’m determined to go abroad. If there’s a big chance then you have to take it.

“I want to follow in the footsteps of Wojciech Szczęsny.”

Will Miazek be in the first team if he signs?

It’s difficult to say.

While he has obviously done enough to impress the club to ensure that he is worth a contract, his age means that he could be used for Under-23 fixtures rather than the first team.

That said, if the 21-year-old does impress during training then there is no reason why he can’t start to challenge Felix Wiedwald and 33-year-old Andy Lonergan for a place in the match-day squad.