Leeds United are in a fantastic position to win promotion and those behind the scenes will have to make plans for life in the Premier League.
That’s particularly important when it comes to recruitment, as the club need to be ready to act to ensure they don’t miss out on key targets.
It’s unclear where Marcelo Bielsa will want to strengthen, although many see a goalkeeper as a priority, given Kiko Casilla’s inconsistent displays since joining and Illan Meslier’s age.
And, Football Insider have claimed that the Whites could have the chance to sign John Ruddy on a free transfer, with the 33-year-old out of contract in the summer and unlikely to be offered a new deal by Wanderers.
Whilst he is a decent stopper, here we outline THREE reasons why securing Ruddy would make no sense…
He doesn’t suit Bielsa’s style
We all know that the Whites boss has specific expectations from each individual and he needs a keeper capable in possession and someone who can start attacks from that back.
Even though Ruddy is okay on the ball, spraying passes isn’t his game. So, Leeds should find a stopper more accustomed to playing out and one that can act as more of a sweeper.
He hasn’t played enough games over the past few years
Another worry has to be his lack of game time in the past two years.
With the superb Rui Patricio between the sticks, Ruddy has made just one league appearance and the rest of his games have come in cup competitions.
That’s a long time to not be playing regularly and it’s a concern as to whether his level will have dropped.
He isn’t a long-term option
Finally, at 33, the ex-Norwich man is the final few years of his career and certainly isn’t a long-term signing.
Of course, Leeds need to sign players to try and keep them up if they are promoted but they have to find the right balance and would benefit from a younger stopper who would have a sell-on value.