English PL player dropped to U23s as Leeds set sights on transfer swoop - report
Leeds United target Angus Gunn has been dropped to Southampton’s Under-23s so that he can be put in the shop window, according to HampshireLive.
Gunn, 24, has failed to appear in any of Southampton’s fixtures since the new season kicked off and has attracted interest from Leeds, Stoke and other clubs in the Championship.
It is understood that Ralph Hasenhuttl is open to letting Gunn leave St Mary’s and has let him get game-time in Premier League 2 so that more interest can be generated.
Gunn played in goals as Southampton’s Under-23s lost 2-1 to West Ham’s youngsters.
It was hardly the best impression seeing the former England Under-21 goalkeeper concede twice but it was definitely better to let him play rather than continue freezing out the ex-Manchester City player.
Leeds’ goalkeeper situation is still one that is up for debate.
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Although Illan Meslier did brilliantly at the weekend in the 1-0 win against Sheffield United, the Frenchman is still young and relatively inexperienced.
Kiko Casilla is currently injured but has also been in rotten form for Leeds since his arrival in January 2019 and a lot of fans are against the idea of him staying at Elland Road after he was banned for racism last season.
However, we don’t see how Gunn would be an improvement on either Meslier or Casilla.
Gunn’s 24-years-old and has a bit more experience than Meslier but he’s been axed to Southampton’s Under-23s for a reason with his last Premier League appearance being in the 9-0 defeat to Leicester last year.
He’s also not experienced enough to replace Casilla in the squad.
If Leeds are going to sign a new goalkeeper before the transfer window closes, it should be an older, experienced head. That’s the view of MOT Leeds News columnist Paul Robinson thinks, too.
In other Leeds United news, this Leeds-linked midfielder has agreed personal terms with AC Milan.