'The next Gary Sprake', 'Outstanding' - Fans react after goalkeeper agrees to join Leeds in June
By Richard Parks
Leeds United have agreed to sign Pontardawe Town goalkeeper Matthew Turner – and fans have taken to Twitter to express their delight.
The Welsh League club’s academy Twitter account has revealed that the shot-stopper, 16, will head to Elland Road in June.
— Pontardawe Academy (@pontyacademyfc) February 25, 2018
Turner was pictured training with the Leeds youth team when they were at the Aspire training academy in Qatar last week.
— TopCatch Goalkeeping (@TopCatchGK) February 20, 2018
The teenager did enough to impress the coaching staff of the Championship giants and a deal has now been secured for him to transfer from Pontardawe Town, who are a Welsh League club playing in Division Two.
Fans of Pontardawe are delighted for Turner, who has sealed a move to a high profile club, while the Leeds faithful are excited at landing a player who has delivered some “outstanding” displays this season.
One supporter hailed the youngster as “the next Gary Sprake”, the Welsh keeper who was United’s number one for more than a decade in the 1960s and 1970s when they were a dominant side in the English game.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Wayne Peter Price (@lufcpricey) February 26, 2018
— C&JLUFC (@LUFCJL) February 25, 2018
Great keeper, he was outstanding against us earlier in season. Best of luck for the future ahead ????????
— Ynysygerwn Youth (@YnysygerwnYouth) February 25, 2018
Good luck Matt butt, you deserve that⚽️
— Cameron Boe (@camboe2000) February 25, 2018
The next Gary Sprake #MOT
— Clive Day (@Welsh_White) February 25, 2018
Great to bring in young talent
— Benny Tayls (@BennyTaylsLUFC) February 25, 2018
Playing Leeds. That’s class. Fair play on him ????
— Jonathan Price (@JonnyPrice07) February 26, 2018
The signing of Turner comes at a time when Leeds have issues surrounding their senior goalkeepers.
Felix Wiedwald has been the number one for most of the season after signing from Werder Bremen last summer for a fee of around £500,000.
But he lost his starting place in October following a number of errors and only regained it as his deputy Andy Lonergan fared even worse.
Ex-Leeds keeper Paul Robinson has led the calls for the club to sign a new senior goalkeeper this summer who can be relied upon to consistently deliver the goods.
In other Leeds United news, the club have agreed the terms of an £8.5million deal, with the first payment scheduled for the summer.