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No options? Leeds could find what they need at Chelsea by signing Jamal Blackman

Former Middlesbrough loanee Jamal Blackman should be an option for Leeds as emergency cover in goal.

Leeds United have a decision to make before the loan deadline expires regarding their goalkeeping situation.

With Charlie Taylor leaving the club, and Ross Turnbull injured and not expected to return until 2016, the club are light on options between the sticks.

Marco Silvestri is up and down at the best of times, and should anything happen to him then they are down to inexperienced under-21 goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell, who has never played a Championship game.

If Leeds have full faith he is up to the job then there is less of an issue, but should Silvestri get injured this weekend, they would need a back-up for Peacock-Farrell, and the situation would become even more worrying.

That is why with the deadline approaching, Leeds need to act fast, and Eddie Gray's warning in the Yorkshire Evening Post that there are no viable options available is not strictly true.

As we suggested this week, Ben Hamer of Leicester is one option, who has recently been on loan at Bristol City, but the club could also find what they are looking for at Chelsea, in Jamal Blackman.

Jamal Blackman is 22-years-old and has represented England at under-21 level. At Chelsea he is third in the pecking order behind Thibaut Courtois and Asmir Begovic.

Courtois has been injured for much of this season leaving Blackman as the back-up, but this is coming to an end, with The Mail reporting last week Courtois is back in full training for the Blues.

Blackman spent time on loan at Middlesbrough last season in the Championship where he was handed a start by Aitor Karanka, and needs more football to progress his career.

There are other goalkeepers in similar situations like Sam Johnstone at Manchester United who impressed at Preston last year, and bringing in a new face to add competition, depth, and provide further confidence, would be beneficial to the team, and a failure to get a deal done would reflect badly on the club. 

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