Leeds react quickly to Rachubka howlers with Alex McCarthy capture

Leeds United have signed Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy on a month’s loan from fellow Championship side Reading.

The move comes after second-choice goalkeeper Paul Rachubka enjoyed a nightmare first-half in the Whites’ humiliating 5-0 home defeat to Blackpool on Wednesday.

The Seasiders raced into a 3-0 lead at Elland Road with Rachubka culpable for all three goals before being hauled off at half-time in favour of 18-year-old youth stopper Alex Cairns.

McCarthy will be plunged into the deep end tomorrow going straight into the squad to face Leicester, and Reading manager Brian McDermott believes that although he had his doubts about the move, it will ultimately be of huge benefit to his goalkeeper: “We had a phone call from Leeds and Alex was excited about the possibility of going there,” McDermott told BBC Radio Berkshire.

“I spoke to Simon Grayson and I think in this case I have to do right by Alex McCarthy. He has done really well for me and I have three keepers at the club who are capable of playing in the Championship.

“I need to give Alex more games and more experience of this level so that was the thinking behind it. It was a tough call but I think in the long term for Reading and for Alex it’s the right call.”

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