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Leeds United should give Bailey Peacock-Farrell his chance v Wolves

The 21-year-old goalkeeper is set to be on the bench for the Wolves tie this evening.

Mathew Nash



Leeds United take on Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Championship this evening, with the two clubs experiencing different fortunes. Wolves are top of the league and, despite a recent wobble, look like heading to promotion. Leeds on the other hand look set to remain in the Championship. After starting the season with such hope a poor run of form sees Leeds destined to second-tier football yet again.

The recent 3-0 loss to Middlesbrough essentially put the nail in Leeds’ promotion coffin. So tonight, when facing Wolves, perhaps Leeds should start blooding some young talent?

One Leeds player who deserves a chance is goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

The Northern Irish youngster has been loitering around the Leeds first-team for some time now. But still the 21-year-old has only the one Leeds United first-team appearance to his name.

Leeds have not had the best fortune with goalkeepers this season. Summer signing Felix Wiedwald is simply too inconsistent for the Championship. Andy Lonergan, his veteran back-up, has not impressed when given his chance. Lonergan is also ill for tonight’s game, meaning Peacock-Farrell is set for the Leeds bench.

CARDIFF, WALES – SEPTEMBER 26: Leeds goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Leeds United at Cardiff City Stadium on September 26, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

It’s not clear how Leeds view their young stopper. In January, a trial at Landskrona in Sweden was given the thumbs up. Peacock-Farrell returned to Leeds after a three-day stint with the club.

When Peacock-Farrell first made his breakthrough into the Leeds first-team picture he looked destined to be a future starter. When a new deal was signed by the keeper in 2016 it came amid interest from Premier League sides Tottenham and Evertonas reported by talkSPORT.

Since then a broken hand stifled his development and many a Leeds fan is unsure Peacock-Farrell has what it takes to be a top goalkeeper.

NEWPORT, WALES – JANUARY 07: Leeds goalkeeper Andy Lonergan reacts during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Newport County and Leeds United at Rodney Parade on January 7, 2018 in Newport, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Tonight is the perfect opportunity to give the youngster a chance. Leeds’ promotion hopes are a long shot at best. With Lonergan out and Wiedwald again low on confidence why not give the young stopper a chance to show what he can do.

If not now? Then when? At 21-years-old this is Peacock-Farrell’s time to make a name for himself.

If Leeds do not give him a chance during their current circumstances, it is hard to see a long-term future for the keeper at Elland Road.


One winner and one loser as Florian Jozefzoon chooses Derby over Leeds

The 27-year-old looks set to sign for the Rams.

Max Cohen



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When Brentford confirmed on Wednesday that the club had accepted a bid for attacker Florian Jozefzoon, it seemed Derby County were the frontrunners.

However, reports of a Leeds United bid added to the transfer drama, before Jozefzoon eventually chose the Rams over Elland Road, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The reported decision would come as a severe blow to Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United, as the club would miss out on yet another transfer target this summer.

However, Frank Lampard and Derby County will be delighted at another transfer coup, as the allure of the England legend is proving to be a great way of attracting players to Pride Park.

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Loser: Leeds fans

Although there are still a number of weeks left in the window, Leeds supporters are right to be worried about the lack of permanent signings.

So far, the club have made just two loan agreements with Lewis Baker and Jamal Blackman of Chelsea. While the two are certainly smart acquisitions, they are not of the quality that will fire Leeds to promotion.

There is still no need to panic, as Marcelo Bielsa will surely attract some top talent as well— but to see their direct Championship rivals beat them to Jozefzoon will be worrying.

Winner: Frank Lampard

The Chelsea legend has done it again. After securing the double loan swoop of promising youngsters Harry Wilson and Mason Mount, Lampard looks set to acquire the services of the former Dutch Under-21 international.

In his first transfer window as a manager, Lampard has done well to convince key targets to join his project at Pride Park, a valuable skill that will serve him well in his coaching career.

Derby now look set to mount a serous promotion challenge; Leeds will have to strengthen further to be able to say the same.

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Aston Villa

Keeping Henri Lansbury could be blessing in disguise for Aston Villa

Aston Villa cannot find a buyer for the midfield maestro.

Mathew Nash



Aston Villa’s financial troubles this summer seem to have them ready to sell some of their high-earners and more valuable assets.

The Mirror report today that midfielders Mile Jedinak and Birkir Bjarnason could be out the door this summer, with Jack Grealish currently in talks with Tottenham Hotspur.

However, the same report suggests Henri Lansbury will be sticking around.

However, it does not seem that Aston Villa want to keep him.

The report claims they will only be keeping the £2.7 million midfielder because nobody is willing to pay up to sign the player or take on his £40k-a-week wages.

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It is certainly no surprise to hear that Aston Villa want to offload Lansbury. He struggled to play a part in Steve Bruce’s plans after joining from Nottingham Forest.

Last season he played just 10 times for the club and has struggled since arriving at Villa Park.

But fans of Aston Villa must remember just how impressive a player Lansbury has been in the Championship.

In the 2015-16 season, there was a case to say that the then-Forest midfielder was the best in the division. In fact, many neutrals would have suggested that Lansbury was the Championship’s best midfielder just two years ago.

It could be that keeping Lansbury will be a blessing in disguise for Aston Villa. If he can find his Forest form, then he will be like a new signing for the club.

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Leeds United

Leeds United round-up: Heckingbottom on Bielsa backing, Jozefzoon miss and Diagne wages

All the latest news and gossip from Leeds United.

Mathew Nash



Heckingbottom speaks  

Former boss Paul Heckingbottom has spoken publicly for the first time since departing Leeds United in June. He was let go at the start of June after failing to turnaround Leeds results significantly in a four-month spell.

He told talkSPORT that he suffered from a ‘change of direction’ from the club.

He was replaced by Marcelo Bielsa this summer and hopes the Argentine will get the backing he deserves at the club.

“He should be saying the same things I was saying and hopefully he gets the backing and the support to make changes and give the fans there what they’re crying out for.”

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Jozefzoon to Derby

Leeds United will not be signing Florian Jozefzoon this summer. The Dutchman has been linked with a move to Elland Road this summer. Yesterday, it was reported a deal had been agreed between his current club Brentford and an unnamed Championship side.

That team is not Leeds, but Derby County.

As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, the winger is set to join the Rams for a fee in the region of £2.75 million, despite Leeds showing late interest.

Diagne wage trouble

Leeds have been linked with a move for Kasimpasa striker Mbaye Diagne this week. However, a report today suggests a stumbling block.

Turkish Football suggest he will cost around £3.6 million but that Leeds will struggle to afford his wages as talks get advanced.

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