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

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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.

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.

Mathew Nash

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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