Reliable journalist: 2016-17 mainstay is a wanted man, Leeds could let him go
By Abigail Withey
Leeds United goalkeeper Rob Green has attracted interest from a host of clubs this summer and the Whites could let him leave if they find a replacement before deadline day, according to a reliable journalist.
Lee Sobot, a reporter for the Yorkshire Evening Post, has revealed that the 37-year-old has attracted interest from other clubs as well as Premier League side Huddersfield.
The news follows a report in the Daily Mail which revealed that the top flight outfit were considering pouncing on the Elland Road keeper.
Sobot shared the news on his personal Twitter account, and said: “Leeds have had plenty of interest in Green, not just from Huddersfield, will only let him go if they can find a replacement in time.”
Leeds have had plenty of interest in Green, not just from Huddersfield, will only let him go if they can find a replacement in time. #lufc
— Lee Sobot (@LeeSobotYEP) August 25, 2017
Green moved to Elland Road on a free transfer from QPR last summer and became a mainstay in the senior squad throughout the 2016/17 season.
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During his debut campaign with the Whites Green became Garry Monk’s first-choice keeper which led to his 47 appearances where he kept 15 clean sheets in total across all competitions.
However, the former Norwich City stopper has fallen in the rankings after new boss Thomas Christiansen recruited and favoured summer arrival Felix Wiedwald in goal.
Football Insider verdict
Seeing as Green’s contract expires next summer, and with no apparent plans to use him regularly Thomas Christiansen should looks to offload him. The boss will have to be quick in finding a replacement, but the manager should look towards a younger keeper that can develop at Elland Road but still provide some competition for Wiedwald, as having a talented second-choice will keep the new stopper on his toes. Christiansen has just less than a week to find a new back-up keeper, and should make this his focus. Green’s move would also help fund the pursuit of a new goalkeeper, which is a positive, otherwise they risk losing him for free next summer.