Spare a thought for David Stockdale.
If the Birmingham City goalkeeper felt that he had no future at St Andrews before this weekend, he has been left in no doubt about his role in Pep Clotet’s plans now.
With the under-fire Lee Camp making one mistake too many last time out, Clotet shuffled his pack as the Blues took on Huddersfield Town on Saturday. But the fact that the Spanish tactician once again left Stockdale out of his side, putting his trust in an unproven Connal Trueman instead, spoke volumes.
23-year-old Trueman had only made three Championship appearances before Saturday’s trip to Yorkshire. But Clotet chose him rather than Stockdale, a established, experienced shot-stopper with over 200 second-tier games on his CV.
Trueman impressed too, meaning Stockdale is unlikely to get back into the squad any time soon.
The Mirror (17 November, page 50) reported that Leeds United were interested in handing the boyhood Whites fanatic a dream move to Elland Road in the January transfer window, amid fears that number one Kiko Casilla could receive a 12-game ban (BBC).
And with Clotet now making it very clear that Stockdale is third in his pecking order, and not even worthy of a place on the bench on Saturday, the 34-year-old should be counting down the days until the January transfer window swings open.
Stockdale is entering the autumn of his career and, who knows, the chance to play in front of that vociferous home crowd at Elland Road might never come around again. It's a chance he simply has to grab with both hands.
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