Leeds United set to sign young Bradford goalkeeper Darryl Ombang
Leeds United are on the verge of finalising a deal to sign young Bradford City goalkeeper Darryl Ombang, according to the Daily Mail.
The newspaper claims the Whites are “set to strike a deal” for the 16-year-old, who’s risen through the academy at Valley Parade.
Mail journalist Adrian Kajumba reports that Ombang is “considered among the most promising young goalkeepers coming through in England”.
One for the future
Although Kiko Casilla has had a nightmare of a spell in West Yorkshire, we very much doubt that Ombang is seen as someone who can replace him as Marcelo Bielsa’s second-choice goalkeeper in the Premier League.
Leeds have a number of goalkeepers at various levels with Illan Meslier the number one, Casilla behind him and then there are Elia Caprile and Dani van den Heuvel among the younger options.
Meslier is expected to stay at Leeds for next season after a sublime debut season in the Premier League while loan deals could be possible for Capril and van den Heuvel.
Casilla might also be sold but if that’s the case, we’d probably see Victor Orta bring in a more experienced senior goalkeeper who’d be happy to sit on the bench rather than anyone get called up to Bielsa’s first team.
As for Ombang, he’d most likely be used in the Under-18s side next season but that’s still a great move for someone who’s so highly regarded at Bradford.
Bradford’s official website has previously called Ombang a “rising star” after he was called up to play for the England Under-16s last year.
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