Huge Heckingbottom decision this week could spell exit for Leeds favourite in summer
Paul Heckingbottom needs to consider his options very carefully over the next week.
Put simply, the club is suffering from a goalkeeper crisis after Rob Green left in the summer and his replacement Felix Wiedwald has failed to lace his gloves.
After saying that he was going to look at Wiedwald’s place in the side, Heckingbottom has been hamstrung after his number two Andy Lonergan was injured.
The next player on the list is Bailey Peacock-Farrell, who is popular with the Leeds fans.
They’ve been urging Heckingbottom to give him a game, but that’s looking unlikely for the Wolves clash on Wednesday night.
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At the same time as making encouraging noises about Wiedwald, saying that the young keeper can come through his crisis, he’s been criticising Peacock-Farrell saying that he needs to improve.
That doesn’t sound like the words of a man about to blood the youngster against the runaway league leaders.
But herein lies a problem. If he doesn’t play Peacock-Farrell on Wednesday night and Leeds lose, he’s got a huge decision to make on Saturday.
Any faint play-off hopes would be dashed meaning that Heckingbottom would be playing for next season.
If he doesn’t start Peacock-Farrell then, with Wiedwald in awful form and Lonergan injured, what hope will the young keeper think he’s got at Leeds?
His only option would be to leave and that would mean that leeds have utterly failed him.
If he’s not good enough, why wasn’t he sent out on more loan moves?
It’s a question only the club hierarchy can answer.