Leeds United have seen Illan Meslier impress in goal this season, becoming their undoubted first-choice stopper.

Meslier’s form means Kiko Casilla is merely a backup, and it’s hard to imagine Leeds being in the market for a first-choice stopper.

On this day a year ago though, Leeds were being linked with a January move to sign a goalkeeper who has very strong ties to the club.

My biggest England regret | Emile Heskey Exclusive

My biggest England regret | Emile Heskey Exclusive

The Sunday People (17/11/2019; page 50) reported that Leeds were considering a deal to sign David Stockdale, viewing him as cover for Casilla as he faced an FA ban.

Stockdale was born in Leeds and grew up supporting the club, meaning a move to Elland Road would have been something of a dream for him.

In the end, Leeds didn’t end up signing the former Birmingham City and Brighton and Hove Albion goalkeeper, so where has he been since?

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Stockdale returned to Wycome Wanderers in January, playing two games on loan for the club before turning his move permanent at the end of the season.

The 35-year-old hasn’t played at all this season, with his role at Wycombe being more of a veteran backup behind Ryan Allsop.

Stockdale may be gutted that his move to Leeds never materialised, but it’s hard to argue that the Whites made a mistake in not signing him after all, despite his love for the club.

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