On Thursday it was revealed that Leeds United goalkeeper Andy Lonergan had left the club through mutual consent.
Lonergan cut his contract short by a year and becomes the second ‘keeper to leave Elland Road this summer following Felix Wiedwald’s departure.
The 34-year-old came back to Leeds at the start of last season after spending the 2011/12 season at the club.
But he could never stake a claim for the starting spot, making just nine appearances all season.
Despite his poor form, however, his departure does leave Marcelo Bielsa incredibly thin in the goalkeeping area.
The Argentine has been repeatedly frustrated in his pursuit of Birmingham City shot-stopper David Stockdale, with Leeds failing to meet his valuation whilst also having a loan offer rejected.
In fact, the only goalkeeper they now have at the club is youth graduate is Bailey Peacock-Farrell and it is up for debate whether Bielsa will want to start him.
So was the decision to sell Andy Lonergan the right call? We discuss.
Yes, he and Wiedwald were both flops last season and they’re synonymous with last season’s failure.
Obviously much depends on a new face coming in, but I’d go as far as to say anyone has to be an improvement on that pair.
Absolutely – he had to go.
Leeds’ squad needs a reshape, and they have to be ruthless with those that don’t fit in.
Lonergan’s Leeds return was a disaster.
Absolutely. He just simply wasn’t good enough.
Bielsa is hard at work shifting the deadwood and Lonergan definitely needed getting rid of.
Teams were never going to be willing to spend money on the veteran stopper after an abysmal season and now Leeds can look to the future with Peacock-Farrell and a new stopper on their books.
Without a doubt.
He wasn’t good enough when called upon last year and whilst he would be a decent player to have as third choice, the stopper will want to be playing. So it makes sense to move him on and is the best move for all parties.