Leeds United are in the hunt for a new goalkeeper this summer. With Felix Wiedwald a flop and Andy Lonergan not faring much better, Paul Heckingbottom resorted to using academy ‘keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell at the end of last season.
The youngster carried himself with aplomb, but Leeds are still in need of another option. The player they have seemingly targeted for the role is Manchester City stopper Angus Gunn. Son of former Scotland international Bryan Gunn, the 22-year-old had an excellent season on loan at his old man’s former club Norwich City last season.
The Yorkshire Evening Post are reporting that Leeds are now set to swoop for the player. A season-long loan deal has been mooted and, considering the competition for places at Manchester City, there is not much stopping this deal from happening.
But what does it mean for Peacock-Farrell?
In fairness, this might actually be the best sort of goalkeeper recruit for the young Northern Irishman.
Leeds have been linked with other keepers, all of whom would arrive permanently. That would signal a massive barrier to the long-term progression of Peacock-Farrell.
Bringing in a permanent option would see him perhaps playing second fiddle for a few seasons. With the arrival of a similarly aged talent, Peacock-Farrell can compete with Gunn and the end result should hopefully be just an improvement to both players.
If, for example, Leeds went and signed David Stockdale permanently, it would have left their young stopper mystified at his position with the club.
If Gunn arrives, it would be a different story. The pair could help each other grow and then, at the end of the season, the England under-21 stopper would head back to City. Peacock-Farrell will by then, hopefully, have improved to the point he can consider himself the natural heir to the Leeds United goalkeeping position.
It is tough to balance the goalkeeping position this summer for Leeds. A new recruit is needed but they do not want to alienate their talented current number one. A loan deal like this appears to be their best option.