Chris Turner has offered his thoughts on the future of Sheffield Wednesday loanee Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
The former Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper and manager has tipped the Northern Ireland international to join the Yorkshire club on a permanent basis next summer. He is predicting that the 24-year-old will not want to go back to Burnley if he enjoys a successful year at Hillsborough.
Turner told the Belfast Telegraph: “What I’ve already seen of him at Wednesday, he clearly has the attributes required for the modern game. He is good with his feet and his hands, and he has a presence. I think he will do very well there.
“I predict that if he has a good season and hopefully helps them to promotion then he won’t want to go back to Burnley. He will want his future to be with Wednesday, for sure.”
Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri must splash the cash next summer to sign Peacock-Farrell on a permanent deal, assuming he keeps up his current form and does not encounter any major injury issues. The £18k-per-week beast has had a phenomenal start to life with the Owls and could be a terrific player for the long-term future of the club, as well as in the short-term.
The on-loan Burnley shot-stopper has kept four clean sheets in four games and has looked assured between the posts for Darren Moore’s side. He has already an exceptional SofaScore rating of 7.63, saving a penalty and averaging 2.3 saves per game. This shows that he is able to win matches with his saves by preventing the opposition from scoring any goals – even if they are from the spot – which then allows the Owls attackers to do their work without worrying about how many goals will be conceded behind them.
After an impressive display against Rotherham, Moore hailed Peacock-Farrell as a first-class goalkeeper and praised the confidence he brings to the side. The Owls boss said: “He’s a first-class goalkeeper. He’s calm, he’s confident and he gives confidence to those around him. Make no mistake, that was not a miss, it was a save. And it’s a great save too and the turning point of the game.
“It’s another clean sheet for Bailey and the group, we do a lot of work on shape and discipline with and without the ball, everyone plays their part and clean sheets are a credit to them all.”
Rotherham boss Paul Warne also lauded him as the best goalkeeper in the division, which further goes to show the impact he has already had in the third tier since joining the club.
At the age of 24, Peacock-Farrell also has the scope to develop further as a player. This is another reason why Chansiri must ensure that he can secure a permanent deal for the goalkeeper, who can be an excellent player in the here-and-now whilst also having the potential to follow Sheffield Wednesday up the divisions if they are successful on the pitch.