We published an article last month regarding a possible move for Brighton goalkeeper and Leeds fan David Stockdale. The player hasn’t yet committed to the Seagulls and after he tweeted saying “family first” with an emoji of a zipped mouth the internet went into meltdown last night, both Leeds and Brighton fans looking at what it could mean.
The talk has been rife about whether or not Stockdale will sign a new deal at Brighton, many fans asking quite simply, why would he not sign a new deal given he will be number one in his position in the Premier League? Maybe when he hit the floor and heard the noise all around him as Elland Road erupted and Chris Wood celebrated he had a brief thought, wow. Being a Leeds fan and playing at Elland Road is an emotional occasion, ask Jonny Howson who cried on his last visit after the 3-3 draw as Leeds fans sung his name. Never underestimate the power of the fans.
I’ve been having a chat with some friends and as you would expect the question was asked about who you would have, either Rob Green or David Stockdale. There is no doubt that Rob Green has earned his new deal at the club and he wasn’t too far off being the Player of the Year at the football club. He had a fantastic season last season and will almost certainly start the season as number one come August. My point is that you can’t possibly let someone like David Stockdale slip through your fingers if he was available.
Maybe the cryptic tweet meant nothing and maybe he will sign a new deal at Brighton in the coming days or weeks but time is running out and the more time that goes by the more teams may fancy their chances of securing a deal for the Championship goalkeeper of the year and the one with the most clean sheets. Time will tell whether he will stay in this league or move on up to the Premier League with Brighton and Hove Albion.