Who is Will Huffer? Leeds United's goalkeeper against Bristol City profiled

Who is Leeds United goalkeeper Will Huffer? We take a closer look at Marcelo Bielsa's debutant between the posts against Bristol City.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 24th November 2018, 1:01 pm
Updated Saturday, 24th November 2018, 1:04 pm
Leeds United goalkeeper Will Huffer.
Leeds United goalkeeper Will Huffer.

Name: Will Huffer

Position: Goalkeeper

Age: 20

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Joined from: Academy - 2017


Will Huffer signed professional terms with the club last December having received his footballing education at Thorp Arch.

He said upon agreeing terms: "Leeds United has done so much for me over these last ten years, they have always been there for me when I have needed them. “Hopefully I can kick on now, I know how much work is required and I won’t be resting, I want to reach that next level now.”

The 20-year-old goalkeeper, who is from York, has represented England as Under-17 and Under-18 level before being included in Paul Simpson's Under-20s squad in recent months. Huffer has featured for Carlos Corberan's Under-23s side on occasion this season, although Jamal Blackman was his number one choice until his recent injury, and trains with Marcelo Bielsa's first team squad on a daily basis.

The young stopper played a starring role for England Under-17s in 2015 as he stepped off the bench in the dying moments of their World Cup play-off against Spain due to an injury to first choice Paul Woolston.

Huffer saved the penalty that sent the Young Lions to the showpiece event in Chile the following October, saying afterwards: "When it came to the penalties I was just thinking, 'I have to save more than I did in training!' Simon Smith [England’s goalkeeping coach] gave me some advice and it worked.

"It was pretty amazing when I saved it, but I can't repeat what came out of mouth when I did. I was diving and saw it coming towards me and I just thought 'here we go'. I just wanted to get it away from the goal."

Huffer featured in pre-season under Bielsa and was named on the bench for a League Cup tie earlier this season but has never made a senior competitive appearance in his career.