Bailey Peacock-Farrell was the hero for Leeds United on Tuesday night. With the home side 1-0 up against Reading at Elland Road the Northern Ireland international saved Marc McNulty’s 90th-minute penalty to secure all three points for the West Yorkshire side.
It was yet another moment when Peacock-Farrell rose above the doubters. The likelihood is, were it not for Jamal Blackman breaking his leg, Peacock-Farrell would not have been playing in this game.
He has recently hit a bumpy patch of form and Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa was set to give him a run out of the first-team. Peacock-Farrell has risen to that challenge in some style.
BLACKBURN, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 20: Leeds United’s Bailey Peacock-Farrell celebrates after his side scores their first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Leeds United at Ewood Park on October 20, 2018 in Blackburn, England. (Photo by Rachel Holborn – CameraSport via Getty Images )
But Leeds fans should not be surprised.
As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post this morning, he is lucky to still be at Elland Road. Paul Heckingbottom, Bielsa’s predecessor, had told the Leeds board it was best to release Peacock-Farrell a year ago.
It came after a disappointing loan spell at York City, where fans were less than impressed. He also had a brief trial at Swedish club Landskrona. But the Swedish second tier outfit also decided that Peacock-Farrell was not good enough.
A year later, he is still working hard to prove doubters wrong. Having that need to prove yourself can be a powerful personal weapon in football and Leeds fans will hope ‘BPF’ continues to push himself.
Who knows where it could take him in another year?