By Wayne Veysey

21st Mar, 2018 | 8:07am

Manager drools over 'on-fire' Leeds rookie who journalist claims will now be handed debut

By Richard Parks

Bailey Peacock-Farrell is in line to win his first cap for Northern Ireland Under-21s in their clash against Spain tomorrow (Thursday) night, according to a reliable journalist.

Leeds Live correspondent Beren Cross reported on his personal Twitter account today that the meteroric rise of the Leeds United goalkeeper will continue with a place in the national age-group side.

Under-21s manager Ian Baraclough has been impressed with Peacock-Farrell in training and is set to give him the nod to start in the first of two internationals for the age-group side during the international break.

The Leeds player faces competition from Burnley keeper Conor Mitchell to play in the fixtures against Spain and Iceland next Monday.

“It’s a type of headache, it’s a tough decision,” said Baraclough, as quoted by Leeds Live. “It’s going to be a tough decision and I’m watching them there, closely, and they’re both on fire as it happens.”

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Football Insider verdict:

What a few weeks it has been for Elland Road academy product Peacock-Farrell. He has seized his opportunity for Leeds after being fast-tracked into the starting XI following some wretched performances from Felix Wiedwald and Andy Lonergan, the senior keepers signed last summer. Peacock-Farrell has conceded seven goals in three matches, but that does not tell the full story of a player who has stood up well to the demands of senior football behind a defence that has been prised open far too easily by Wolves, Reading and Sheffield Wednesday. Peacock-Farrell is in the form of his life and is fully deserving of international recognition.

In other Leeds United news, it can be revealed that NINE senior players at the club are in Radrizzani’s firing line and fighting for their jobs.

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