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Michael O’Neill ruing lack of first-team football before and after Leeds United exit for Bailey Peacock-Farrell

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Michael O’Neill ruing lack of first-team football before and after Leeds United exit for Bailey Peacock-Farrell

The goalkeeper left Leeds United in the summer after losing his first-team spot to Kiko Casilla.

Northern Ireland international boss Michael O’Neill has been discussing what is needed for Burnley and former Leeds United goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

The goalkeeper left Leeds United in the summer, heading to Premier League club Burnley. As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds sold the stopper for a fee in the region of £3 million. 

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It came after he lost his first-team place at Elland Road to former Real Madrid stopper Kiko Casilla. But the move to Burnley has not yet proved anymore fruitful, as he is behind England-capped pair Nick Pope and Joe Hart in the pecking order. 

O’Neill however still considers him his first-choice goalie at international level. As reported by RTE, he is hopeful that the Leeds academy graduate can force himself into the first-team picture in the near future at Turf Moor. 


“He played very well. He’s a young goalkeeper with not a lot of experience either at international level or in first-team football. He’s not had any first-team minutes for six months so I was pleased with him…

“He’s going to be a big goalkeeper going forward and hopefully we see him playing first-team football soon. It’s difficult to come in and play games of this nature consistently when you’re not playing first-team football.”

 

TBR’s View

Leeds fans were not so much surprised to hear that Peacock-Farrell had left the club in the summer as they were taken aback at his chosen location. 

Burnley have two high-calibre stoppers ahead of him and the Thorp Arch graduate faces a tougher fight for first-team football with the Clarets then he would have at Leeds as back-up to Casilla. 

Hopefully, it does not impact negatively on his international prowess.

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