Monk puts faith in Leeds 20-year-old to step up for the first team
By Harvey Byrne
Manager Garry Monk has put his faith in young goalkeeper Bailley Peacock-Farrell to step in for the Leeds first team if needed.
The Yorkshire giants have been dealt with a severe blow heading into the final matches of the season with second choice keeper Marco Silvestri deciding to undergo knee surgery after sustaining ligament damage in a training.
This means that if number one Rob Green picks up an injury between now and the end of the season, Leeds will be left with rookie Peacock-Farrell to fill in between the sticks as the club chases a promotion play-off place.
However, Monk has given the 20-year-old a vote of confidence ahead of his pre-Newcastle press conference, stating he is “good enough” to act as cover for Green.
Yorkshire Evening Post’s chief football writer Phil Hay covered the Wednesday afternoon conference on his personal Twitter account.
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Monk feels Peacock-Farrell is good enough cover for first-choice gk Rob Green. Said it was Silvestri's decision to go for surgery now. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) April 12, 2017
Peacock-Farrell has only made one appearance for the Leeds senior team after joining the academy from Middlesbrough in 2013.
That match was a 1-1 draw against QPR as he covered for the then injured Silvestri under Steve Evans last season.
It would certainly be unfortunate if Green did fail to see out the season after starring for the club this season, but an injury to the former England international is not out of question.