Huddersfield’s reported reason for Rob Green interest shows why he’s vital for Leeds

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to kick off in the Sky Bet Championship League match between Leeds United and Bolton Wanderers, at Elland Road Stadium on March 5, 2016 in Leeds,...

The former England international was ever present for Leeds United in the Championship last term, which saw Huddersfield Town win promotion to the top flight.

Robert Green saves from Ayoze Perez of Newcastle during the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Leeds United at St James' Park on April 14, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Rob Green is wanted by Premier League new boys Huddersfield, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

David Wagner wants the former England international to provide competition for current first-choice keeper Jonas Lossl, and thinks Green’s Premier League experience can aid his newly-promoted squad.

There is no indication in the report whether Leeds are tempted to sell and, the fact is, that they shouldn’t be. The reasons why Huddersfield are interested are the exact reasons why Leeds need to keep their goalkeeper around.

The 37-year-old played every minute of the Championship campaign under Garry Monk last season, but has been relegated to the bench by new manager Thomas Christiansen’s purchase of Felix Wiedweld.

Robert Green of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on September 27, 2016 in Bristol, England.Robert Green of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on September 27, 2016 in Bristol, England.

Having a stopper of Green’s quality lying in wait should push the German summer signing to perform at his best every week.

But with Leeds having Premier League aspirations of their own, having Green’s experience of the top flight will be a big positive should Christiansen take the team up.

Elland Road isn’t home to too many players with experience of England’s highest tier. In fact, Green is one of just five permanent players in the squad who is familiar with the Premier League.

APOEL's headcoach Thomas Christiansen looks on during the UEFA Champions League group stages play-off football match between Cyprus' APOEL Nicosia and Denmark's FC Copenhagen on August 24,...

But the Yorkshire side won’t benefit from the knowledge Green has gained over almost 270 top flight appearances, not to mention more than one successful promotion, if they get rid.

The challenge will be keeping him happy, though, and with just one Carabao Cup game under his belt thus far that is likely to be achieved by unleashing him in the league.

If not, Leeds may come to miss the gloveman should they let him depart and then achieve their ambition of promotion.

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