Twitter has been ablaze with suggestions that a photograph has been taken of purported new Leeds United signing Andre Blackman at the club’s kit launch event at Elland Road.
Blackman is a left back who has spent the last six months with Maidenhead United in non-league. The 23-year-old was previously at Dover Athletic, who he joined from Plymouth Argyle.
Leeds have been consistently linked with Blackman, with journalists suggesting that he will sign for the club once a transfer embargo is lifted, something that is expected to take place on Tuesday this week.
@PhilHayYEP: @natthabrat85 I’m expecting Andre Blackman (left-back) to sign. Very little certainty about any other targets.
Questions have been asked about the sensibility of signing Blackman, assuming the photograph is of him, given the fact that he has done little to impress so far in his career. He failed to make a single appearance at Maidenhead, and was only deemed worthy of non-contract terms at Dover. Leeds United would undoubtedly be a huge step up for a player who spent time as a youth with Arsenal and Spurs.
Leeds also have Charlie Taylor available to them, who impressed considerably while on loan with Fleetwood last season. He won promotion from League Two with them, including a good performance in the play off final at Wembley.
When asked about the future of Stephen Warnock, new coach Dave Hockaday commented that he will be part of the group travelling to Italy for pre-season. Blackman would be in direct competition with the ex-England international for a place in Leeds’s side.