A bizarre deadline day for Andy Lonergan ended with the player back where he started, at Leeds until at least the summer. The goalkeeper only arrived in the summer and he looked set to join Sunderland on deadline day before the move collapsed.
Sunderland were keen on the keeper and there was no real reason for Leeds to let him go apart from the fact the player wanted to go. He would have been the first choice at the Black Cats but the deal didn’t go through either because Sunderland wouldn’t pay what Leeds were after, but the story was that the club wouldn’t actually meet the demands of the player himself. Lonergan isn’t likely to get a chance in the first-team at Leeds unless Wiedwald picks up and injury, the German keeper has come back strong since he was dropped by Thomas Christiansen after the defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.
Lonergan came into the side and started steady but in the end he had a few issues that meant it was time up. A disaster of a game at Brentford lost us the match and some pretty average goalkeeping in other games was a clear problem, in the end Thomas Christiansen recalled Wiedwald and Lonergan has only played in the cup games since. The chances of Lonergan staying past the summer are slim anyway. The player is a good professional so he won’t have a problem finding a new club. You get the feeling Leeds are very keen to get Baily Peacock-Farrell into the fold sooner rather than later.