It has been an excellent few months for Leeds United goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell. The talented stopper ended the season as the Whites number one goalkeeper and now he is set for senior international duty with Northern Ireland.
The young stopper was included in Michael O’Neill’s squad for upcoming games with Panama and Costa Rica. He joins fellow Leeds player Stuart Dallas in the squad and the pair will hope to enjoy success with their nation after a difficult few months at Elland Road.
But apart from Peacock-Farrell and Dallas, Leeds also have another interest in the squad.
Crusaders winger Gavin Whyte received his first call-up to the national team this week. The NIFL Player of the Year scored 21 goals for the club last season, as they won the league title.
Now it appears he will be heading to England or Scotland this summer, with a host of clubs said to be keen in his signature. One of those, as reported by Sky Sports, is Leeds United – the leading light among 10 clubs seemingly chasing him.
Whyte looks to be a brilliant young talent with all the attributes to make it in the game. So Leeds will not want to lose out to a rival in the race to secure his services.
Which is why this international break could be a massive boost to their chances. What better way to convince Whyte into a move to Elland Road, then by having two players who currently play for Leeds in his ear over the summer.
Dallas can speak from experience, being an ex-Crusader himself. He made the transition from Northern Ireland to England successfully and could tell Whyte why such a move would be good for his career.
As for Peacock-Farrell, he is around the same age as Whyte so can perhaps relate to him more than the more experienced Dallas.
As a pairing, they might be perfect for convincing Whyte to come and play for Leeds. Dallas has done the same journey as he is proposing when he moved to Brentford in 2012 and can vouch for it. In Peacock-Farrell, the 22-year-old has a peer he can hopefully relate to.
Leeds must use this opportunity to beat out the competition and bring the exciting Whyte to Elland Road this summer.