Leeds United have suffered a major injury blow, with the news that Jamal Blackman has returned to his parent club.
Given that Marcelo Bielsa looks unlikely to have grand January plans, it appears almost certain that strengthening Leeds' goalkeeper options in the winter was something that he was not even close to considering.
Bailey Peacock-Farrell has generally performed well as number one this term. And having Jamal Blackman as his understudy meant that many felt comfortable to ask for a change between the sticks when Peacock-Farrell endured a difficult evening at West Brom last time out.
Unfortunately for Blackman and for Leeds, the Chelsea stopper's loan is now over after he suffered a leg break while playing for the under-23s. And with that, signing a new goalkeeper appears to be a must for the Whites.
It is going to be a difficult task in January considering that most sides are unlikely to make a goalkeeper available who is good enough for the Championship high-flyers.
But perhaps Leeds should turn to Blackman's Blues teammate who will probably need little time to adjust to life at Elland Road if he does arrive.
Rob Green was a superb signing for Leeds. Not all supporters seemed to be convinced, but there were several occasions when he kept the Whites in games as Garry Monk's side desperately struggled to maintain their promotion push.
Green's departure last year left a sour taste. But it quickly became apparent after his exit that the club had made a mistake putting their faith in Felix Wiedwald instead of the former England international.
Green stunned everyone in the summer by joining Chelsea after a year with Huddersfield. It is not a surprise however, that he has not played a competitive game for Maurizio Sarri's men, so Leeds should consider an loan bid for the stopper - who earns £20,000-a-week at Stamford Bridge, according to Spotrac.
The 38-year-old is good enough to put some pressure on Peacock-Farrell, and cannot be written off doing a job for Bielsa's side until the summer if the Northern Ireland international cannot step up again after the international break.
Leeds could put some faith in one of their other young goalkeepers. But targeting Green may be an excellent way for the Whites to recover from this difficult situation - and may hand the 2016 signing the opportunity to conclude his Leeds career in a much more satisfactory manner.
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