Whilst Leeds United fans eagerly await the, hopefully, next arrival at Elland Road this transfer window, it is in the other direction that young stopper Will Huffer moves.
— Barnet FC 🐝 (@BarnetFC) January 25, 2019
Huffer is Leeds United’s #3 keeper, the England Under-20 international being a regular on the bench this season in the Sky Bet Championship. He has also made his first-team début against Bristol City after Bailey Peacock-Farrell dropped out through injury.
However, the arrival of former Real Madrid #2 Kiko Casilla, and the demotion of Peacock-Farrell to the bench, leaves Huffer looking solely at the Under-23s to get game time. The temporary move will give Huffer the exposure and opportunities that he would have been denied at Leeds United.
The youngster is highly thought of at Elland Road, having come up through the age groups at the club. His début against Bristol City drew many plaudits from Leeds United fans who were complimentary about how assured he was between the sticks.
Speaking to Barnet’s website, Darren Currie, Head Coach of National League side Barnet, said of Huffer’s arrival: “I’d like to welcome Will to our club and our group of players, he is a young man that comes recommended from a number of people that we have spoken to in the game. England representatives speak very highly of Will so he will be a terrific addition to the team, I’m delighted to have him on board.”
Huffer himself said of the deal: “I’m really excited to get going. All the lads have welcomed me into the group, they have all been really enthusiastic. It’s a great chance for me to play some more men’s football, get some game time and gain some experience as well as hopefully winning some games whilst doing it.”
It was also a move that Leeds United fans were eager to comment on. Here’s what some of them said over on Twitter.
Huffer moves to Barnet on loan – fans comment
he’s a good keeper enjoy him
— Ryan 💙💛💚💛 (@Klichesque) January 25, 2019
Best of luck Will #mot
— Gregg LUFC1919 (@Mani_LUFC1919) January 25, 2019
— Dobie 💙💛 (@sportsfandays) January 25, 2019
I was just about to ask if he’s any good, hopefully he can help us on Monday night!
— stef (@stefbadi14) January 25, 2019
Got yourself a very promising keeper there. For a young lad he looks very assured, much more vocal than you’d expect for a kid of his age.
— Tom (@CaviarTusks) January 25, 2019
He’s a cracking keeper, kept his nerve (and a clean sheet) in a tense game for Leeds in a big atmosphere, he’ll do a grand job for you, best of luck to Will and Barnet.
— Tony Leeds (@TonyLeeds5) January 25, 2019
Good luck Will, looked solid on debut a few weeks back and sime games will hopefully do you some good!
— marc blackburn (@marcyeboah) January 25, 2019