Confirmed: Leeds youngster set for start v Reading after Wolves defeat
Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom has confirmed that he is eyeing goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell to make another start between the sticks after he turned out in the defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The 21-year-old shot stopper was thrown straight into the deep end by the boss to replace Felix Wiedwald, making his first senior appearance for the club in nearly two years against the league leaders, having been left as an unused substitute just seven times this season.
Despite the 3-0 scoreline, with two goals coming from corners and another with a long ball forward, the youngster was a bright light for the Whites, putting in a solid performance and pulling off some smart saves to keep the scoreline down.
With a clash against Reading coming up, Heckingbottom has confirmed the goalkeeper looks to be in line for his second consecutive start when the club visit Reading this weekend, insisting he was proud of the young star’s display at Elland Road.
He told Leeds Live: “We’ll have to see, we’ll have to see. I’ll look back at it and see, but yes, off the top of my head now, he can be pleased with himself.
“He’d made some good saves and also his distribution was okay as well, which is another part of the game which is important.
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“It’s been Felix or Lonners (Andy Lonergan) throughout the season, but I thought the time was right to make a change there.”
Football Insider verdict
Peacock-Farrell could not have endured a much tougher first appearance of the season, but he should be coming away from the Wolves clash feeling pretty confident with himself. Having been well and truly tested by the attacking threat of the league leaders, he was at the required level, pulling off some impressive saves throughout. Another game between the sticks will only help him grow as a player, and considering the performances of Wiedwald and Lonergan earlier in the campaign, he has a real chance to keep his place in the senior side between now and the end of the season.
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