Leeds fans are impressed by Bailey Peacock-Farrell’s start to life in the first team, but slightly less impressed with manager Paul Heckingbottom’s choice of words for the young goalkeeper.
Peacock-Farrell has had a turbulent time trying to find his way into the Leeds first team. Having signed in 2015, the 21 year-old goalkeeper had trials with League One Oldham Athletic and Swedish side Landskrona BoIS, both of which decided not to keep the youngster on loan.
After a shaky loan spell at York City, Peacock-Farrell found himself thrust into the first team in the 3-0 defeat vs. Wolves last week, and made several good saves in a busy return to action. He continued his form into the weekend, helping Leeds break their rut with a 2-2 draw at struggling Reading.
Heckingbottom says the shirt is now Peacock-Farrell’s to lose.
“He’s got goalkeepers breathing down his neck, but the players know I’m fair with that and he’s in the driving seat,” the manager told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“He was better than he was against Wolves. I was really pleased with him on the pitch against Wolves because his demeanour impressed me. If I’m critical he should have stayed at home for the third goal, which he knows, but he’d already made some big saves before that.
“Today he made saves when he had to make saves. His kicking was good and his handling was good.”
Leeds fans are mostly happy with the young stopper’s start in the first team, especially considering the injury to Andy Lonergan and awful form of Felix Wiedwald. Still, some fans are not pleased with the manager’s comments on the goalkeeping situation.
Some of the best Twitter reactions can be found below…
Good man Paul, frighten the life out of a young player. May as well have told him that if he makes a mistake he’s dropped
— Fr Austin Purcell (@antomccluskey) March 12, 2018
And where are all the BPF haters now?!? 'He's not ready, he's not good enough for york, don't play him against wolves' point proven. He is good enough and better FW and AL.
— D b (@daveybuoysmith) March 12, 2018
Promising start, regular games will give him the chance to iron out the errors. Big learning curve for him. #lufc
— Youngsy (@Monkiimagic) March 12, 2018
We’ve got Farrell peacock Farrell I just don’t think you understand he’s heckingbottom player he’s better then de gea we’ve got peacock farrell #lufc
— Dyl lawton (@leedsaway) March 10, 2018
Very impressed with Peacock-Farrell’s communication with the defenders. Especially yesterday having a go at De Bock for losing possession. Good authority for such a young lad. Just needs experience. Think he should get the rest of the season #LUFC
— Leeds Realist (@LeedsRealist) March 11, 2018