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Bielsa must show faith in Peacock-Farrell after positioning error against Wigan

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Bielsa must show faith in Peacock-Farrell after positioning error against Wigan

Leeds United produced a dominant performance against Wigan Athletic last weekend but suffered a scare before they were able to wrestle control of the match at the DW Stadium.

Reece James’ opened the scoring for the hosts with an impressive free-kick but it was one that Whites stopper Bailey Peacock-Farrell will feel he might have got to.

But his positioning initially was not quite right and his footwork to get across was slow. Fortunately, it didn’t cost Leeds, but in a tight promotion race, there must be fears that it could have on another day.


With another tricky away trip coming up, tomorrow’s visit to fellow promotion chasers West Bromwich Albion in the late kick-off, there must be temptation there for Marcelo Bielsa to drop Peacock-Farrell.

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But if there is, then he should resist it. Peacock-Farrell has been excellent since being thrown in by Paul Heckingbottom and is another player who has improved under Bielsa.

There is enough chopping and changing at the back for Leeds as it is – owing to injuries and suspensions – so a settled number one goalkeeper behind that ever-changing landscape is essential.

There is little doubt he is the best goalkeeper at the club now and being dropped after one mistake would not do his confidence or development any good. Bielsa must keep the faith.


NCTJ trained journalist, focusing mainly on a digital football audience.

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