Why re-signing Paul Robinson could help solve Leeds' goalkeeping crisis

Elland Road pitchside

Leeds have been dealt a blow with the injury to Ross Turnbull.

As confirmed on the Leeds official website, goalkeeper Ross Turnbull will be out for a lengthy period after suffering a broken ankle.

Turnbull, a summer signing from Barnsley, has only made one appearance this season, and that came in the Capital One Cup, with Marco Silvestri maintaining his position as first choice goalkeeper.

Now though, manager Uwe Rosler has no experienced cover for Silvestri, with youngster Charlie Horton likely to be on the bench against Brighton and Hove Albion this weekend.

The Whites are likely to look for short-term loan signings or even free agents in order to cover for Turnbull's injury, and one player stands out from the rest.

Paul Robinson, who left Blackburn Rovers on a free transfer this summer, still hasn't managed to find a club yet, and his long-standing history with Leeds would make him a popular choice.

Having started his career with Leeds, Robinson went on to make over 100 appearances for the club in the Premier League, before spells with Tottenham and Blackburn, and a return to Elland Road at 36 would be a great way to bookend his career.

With Turnbull's absence leaving Leeds without a goalkeeper possessing experience of English football, Robinson can provide the veteran presence and know-how of the Championship that Leeds need behind Silvestri whilst Turnbull recovers, whilst he may even be able to help with coaching aspects once he has returned.

Leeds fans would almost certainly love to see Robinson make an emotional return to Elland Road, and given his free agent status, Leeds' need for a goalkeeper and his vast experience, a move to bring Robinson back to Leeds could be ideal for all parties.

A move for a more long-term solution between the sticks in January may still be an option for Rosler, given Silvestri's hit-and-miss displays for Leeds, but in terms of a short-term solution to Rosler's goalkeeping crisis, there are few better options out there than Robinson.

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