Date: 8th April 2018 at 3:43pm
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There have been a number of issues Leeds United have had to deal with this season in what will no doubt be dubbed a failure of a campaign.

One of the most widely discussed problems at Elland Road has been the men between the sticks, with the goalkeeping position a hot topic for fans throughout.

Rob Green’s departure saw Felix Wiedwald and Andy Lonergan arrive from Werder Bremen and Wolverhampton Wanderers respectively, but a bright start to the season flattered to deceive.

After a series of errors from the German, the former Leeds star was handed a chance but he failed to nail down the role as his own, Wiedwald regaining his spot and staying under little pressure as his rival suffered an injury.

However, while Thomas Christiansen might have been afraid to wield the axe, the same cannot be said about Paul Heckingbottom, and he dumped the German in favour of youngster Bailey Peacock-Farrell, who has turned out to be a huge success.

From the fringes of the senior side, with just one first team appearance over two-and-a-half seasons, he has done what his counterparts have failed to do, and secure a role in the starting XI with confident and consistent displays.

In what was his sixth appearance of the season, the 1-1 draw with Sunderland, he was named man of the match, and his performances have truly put a cat among the pigeons.

It seemed guaranteed a new goalkeeper would be brought in over the summer but with Peacock-Farrell demonstrating his ability in the Championship, there will be second doubts from Heckingbottom.

He is a bright homegrown talent, and will only improve with game time under his belt, and as such seems to be a near-certainty to remain as a first team mainstay going forward.

In other Leeds United news, the club are set for a massive couple of weeks over their transfer business.

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