With the club looking to strengthen ahead of a promotion push, Leeds United were in the market for a new goalkeeper in last summer’s transfer window.
The Whites had lost shot-stopper Felix Wiedwald after a disappointing spell at Elland Road, with the club looking to bring in another man to rival youngster Bailey Peacock-Farrell in between the sticks.
A host of names were linked with a move to the Yorkshire club, with David Stockdale the man on most fans’ lips. The experienced sh0t-stopper looked to become out of favour at St. Andrew’s after Garry Monk signed Lee Camp in the summer, as Leeds looked to step up their interest in the player.
It was a link that was well received by Leeds fans – Stockdale played an integral role in Brighton and Hove Albion’s promotion to the Premier League in 2016/17, with many hoping that he can repeat those heroics at Elland Road this season.
This boy is Leeds through & through,give him the shirt & no one will take it off him.@lufc
— WoolleyWhite (@WoolleyWhite) June 5, 2018
Great signing if it comes off back up keeper or first choice win win situation I'd say
— Adam Weston (@textmaniac78) June 5, 2018
I think I'd prefer Stockdale. Gunn looks like he's gonna be a hell of a keeper, but for a bit of stability past one season, and to help develop BPF, I think Stockdale would be the better signing.
— ⚽️ (@LeedsUnited2019) June 5, 2018
But as time went on and the summer deadline drew ever close, more and more names were linked with a move to Elland Road, and initially, the Whites under Marcelo Bielsa secured the loan signing of Chelsea’s Jamal Blackman.
In the end, it proved to be a key decision for Leeds. Sure, Blackman had to make a premature return to Chelsea after breaking his tibia back in November, but the club now have a vastly experienced figure in Kiko Casilla at the club.
Stockdale’s career at Birmingham has stagnated ever since – after making three league starts on loan for League One side Southend United, the 33-year old was then shipped back out on loan, this time to Wycombe Wanderers, despite interest from the Whites.
Eh how are Wycombe getting him when we couldn’t a couple months back?
— Max (@_maxclough) November 22, 2018
Any idea what's wrong with Stockdale, Phil? Has his ability waned, or is he just out of favour with management?
— Luke Kelly Fan Account (@mikeopinions) November 22, 2018
What a fall in grace for Stockdale! Still don't understand how he's ended up becoming so undesirable after being a promotion winning key player, and wanting to simply move closer to home.
— Aamir Ramzan (@AamirRamzan1) November 22, 2018
Stockdale endured another disappointing time out on loan, and after making just two league starts during his very brief spell at Adams Park, he is still yet to make an appearance for Birmingham. This is a signing that Leeds will be thankful that it never happened…