Is Celtic's Dorus de Vries the answer to Leeds' goalkeeping crisis?

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa shouts instructions to his team during the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea City and Leeds United at the Liberty Stadium on August 21, 2018 in...

Leeds United's Championship prospects have been hit by a crisis - and Celtic's Scottish Premiership champions De Vries must be under consideration.

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.

Leeds United have been plunged into a goalkeeping crisis with Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Jamal Blackman (above) both out of Saturday's clash with Bristol City.

According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds have applied to the EFL to bring in a shot-stopper on an emergency loan deal with only rookie youngsters Will Huffer and Kamil Miazek at the disposal of head coach Marcelo Bielsa.

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But even if Leeds get through their game against Bristol City without a senior goalkeeper, surely a new stopper is a must in the January transfer window now that a broken leg has ruled Chelsea loanee Blackman out for the season.

 

Leeds fans have taken to Twitter to demand the likes of Fraser Forster, David Stockdale and Kieren Westwood in recent days – but one name who has not been mentioned just yet is Dorus de Vries.

The Dutchman, however, ticks a lot of boxes and should be under consideration. The 37-year-old is hugely experienced when it comes to Championship football, after all, having earned promotion with Swansea City in 2011 before spending time at Wolves and Nottingham Forest.

Dorus De Vries of Swansea celebrates during the npower Championship Playoff Final between Reading and Swansea City at Wembley Stadium on May 30, 2011 in London, England.

Furthermore, De Vries is renowned for his ability to pass the ball out from the back, making him a perfect fit for Bielsa’s infamous possession-heavy style.

With the veteran ‘keeper clearly the third choice at current club Celtic, and with his contract due to expire next summer, the Scottish Premiership champions surely wouldn’t stand in his way if he wanted to leave in the New Year.

One to think about for Leeds then.

Dorus De Vries of Birmingham City celebrates victory during the FA Cup third round replay sponsored by Budweiser between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Birmingham City at Molineux on January...

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