Leeds United’s Bailey Peacock-Farrell hasn’t had it all his own way this season despite his side sitting top of the Championship table in December.
The 22-year-old started the campaign as the first-choice goalkeeper and slotted into the role well, but a few mistakes were beginning to creep into his game.
Marcelo Bielsa openly admitted after his poor display in the 4-1 defeat to West Brom on 10 November that he was in line to be dropped for the first time of the season and that would have been a major wake-up call.
He missed the next game against Bristol City through injury and youngster Will Huffer had to deputise, as second-choice option saw a serious injury end his loan spell at Elland Road.
Peacock-Farrell was back in goal at home to Reading after receiving a lucky reprieve and he’s not looked back since, with a last-minute save in that victory a huge point in his season.
The Northern Ireland international has been like a man possessed since and conceded just one goal in four league games.
Bielsa’s team are on a five-game winning streak that have seen them climb to the top of the league and having a goalkeeper back in form is a massive boost.
Peacock-Farrell is still going to make mistakes occasionally as he learns on the job at senior level, but it appears he is back in the good books of the manager.