'Who is he?' Some Leeds fans react to Augusto Batalla links

Leeds fans celebrate their team's victory during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on November 29, 2014 in Leeds, England.

River Plate's Argentina youngster Augusto Batalla is the latest goalkeeper to be linked with Leeds United this summer.

Argentinas River Plate goalie Augusto Batalla yells instructions during their Copa Libertadores game played at the UNSA Stadium in the Andean city of Arequipa, on May 18, 2017.

Leeds United want a goalkeeper but who will they end up with?

There was a big problem between the sticks last season, with Felix Wiedwald and Andy Lonergan both failing to inspire confidence in anyone around Elland Road. By the end of the season, the duo had been sidelined and Bailey Peacock-Farrell promoted to first choice.

That does not appear to be a long-term solution however, especially now Wiedwald and Lonergan have gone and Leeds need some depth in the goalkeeping department.

But, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, finding a new number one is proving easier said than done.

Manchester City’s Angus Gunn has gone to Southampton instead for £10 million, while a loan bid for Birmingham’s 32-year-old shot-stopper David Stockdale has been rejected. Jamal Blackman of Chelsea (below), who shone last season at Sheffield United, is now understood to be the new number one target.

Jamal Blackman #46 of Chelsea warms up before the match against the New York Red Bulls during the International Champions Cup at Red Bull Arena on July 22, 2015 in Harrison, New Jersey.

But according to AS Argentina, there is another new name in the frame – the 22-year-old River Plate goalkeeper Augusto Batalla.

Batalla, who was named the best goalkeeper at the South American U17 Championship in 2013 and has won two tournaments for Argentina at youth level, rejected a move to Real Madrid two years ago but has now been linked with another white-clad European institution.

But how do Leeds fans feel about Batalla’s potential arrival?

Argentina's River Plate goalkeeper Augusto Batalla catches the ball during their Recopa Sudamericana 2016 second leg final football match against Colombia's Santa Fe at the Monumental...

 

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