Is Paddy Kenny being forced out of Leeds United?

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The goalkeeper is currently behind Jack Butland and Alex Cairns in the pecking order for the number one spot.

Paddy Kenny has been one of the most reliable goalkeepers in the Football League for the past decade if not more. He has also had two seasons in the Premier League first with Sheffield United and Queens Park Rangers performed admirably at the highest level.

However this season for Leeds he has lost his place in the side to Jack Butland. Kenny arrived at Leeds in the summer of 2012 linking up with Neil Warnock for incredibly the fourth time in his career. He previously played under him at Bury, Sheffield United and QPR. However Warnock was replaced by Brian McDermott towards the end of last season and although he kept faith with Kenny as his number one at first he has since lost his place.

An injury to Kenny led to the signing of Butland on loan, but even though he is back to full fitness now he hasn't even been able to command a place on the bench with young 'keeper Alex Cairns being picked ahead of him.

Sky Sports are now reporting that the former Republic of Ireland international is considering his future at Elland Road.  Despite still having one year left on his contract at the club Kenny could be set to depart this summer. It is surprising given how respected Kenny is within the game. Butland is one of the most promising 'keepers in England but he hasn't set the world alight since his loan move, and the club's form has been shocking.

Sky Sports continue to say that there are even some Premier League clubs monitoring the situation as they see him as someone who can be brought in as experienced back-up. This may be of interest for Kenny but at 35-years-old he might want to carry on playing rather than sitting on the bench for a top-flight club. Championship clubs are also thought to be interested.

Leeds are unlikely to be able to bring Butland in permanently, and Alex Cairns is still yet to be tried and tested, so they could find themselves need to look for another goalkeeper in the summer. It seems to be strange that they are choosing to leave Kenny out of the squad and with this treatment it seems far-fetched that he will still be at the club at the start of next season.

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