It has been a fairly drab 2018 for Leeds United so far. The West Yorkshire side has struggled to keep up their form from the first half of the campaign. The dip in the new year caused Thomas Christiansen to lose his job and saw Leeds appoint Paul Heckingbottom as the new manager at Elland Road.
He has also struggled to turn things around for the side who have won just twice in 2018. The result has been the club dropping firmly out of playoff contention and the spotlight being thrust on some rather underwhelming members of the Leeds United first-team.
In fact, there have not been many reasons for Leeds United fans to be cheerful. The most in-form player since the turn of the year has been Pablo Hernandez. The Spanish veteran, however, is out of contract in the summer which puts an asterisk next to his form.
In reality, there has only really been one major positive for Leeds United this year so far. That has been the form of goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
Leeds brought in former goalie Andy Lonergan and German stopper Felix Wiedwald last summer as they looked to revamp between the sticks.
Both failed to impress however and Heckingbottom threw the youngster in instead.
The 21-year-old’s career at Leeds appeared to be sliding out of significance. But it suddenly burst back into life with the recall and he received the man-of-the-match award on his first game back in the starting XI since 2016.
He has since steadily improved. Against Sunderland, in the 1-1 draw, he made a number of exquisite saves and received mass praise for his display after the game. That praise also came from the opposing manager Chris Coleman.
It was a wonderful display and not for the first time this year he has been the main reason for Leeds fans to be positive.
In fact, Peacock-Farrell’s form in 2018 has perhaps been the only highlight of Leeds calendar year so far.