Burnley interested in Leeds goalkeeper Peacock-Farrell
Bailey Peacock-Farrell may have lost his place in Marcelo Bielsa’s starting line-up midway through last season, but that does not mean that Leeds United should be cashing in on the young goalkeeper any time soon.
According to Sun journalist Alan Nixon via his personal Twitter account on Sunday, Premier League side Burnley are interested in signing the 22-year-old shot-stopper in case they lose one of their current goalkeepers this summer.
It is understood that Tom Heaton is being targetted by Aston Villa and the Clarets are holding out for £10million for him.
However if Heaton does end up leaving Turf Moor, Peacock-Farrell is someone who Sean Dyche might set his sights on.
BURNLEY. Keeping an eye on Peacock-Farrell at LEEDS in case lose one or two keepers. Still want around 10m from VILLA for Heaton who could yet sign a deal to stay.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) July 21, 2019
It would be a mistake by Leeds if they decided to sell Peacock-Farrell.
While he became Bielsa’s second-choice goalkeeper in January when Kiko Casilla was snapped up from Real Madrid, the Northern Ireland international did show signs that he could have a big future at Elland Road.
Peacock-Farrell made 29 appearances in all competitions for Leeds last term before he dropped down the pecking order.
He kept 10 clean sheets in those games and conceded 32 goals, which isn’t a terrible record for someone who Bielsa sought to upgrade in the January transfer window.
Casilla signed for Leeds in the winter, rather unexpectedly, but for a 32-year-old who boasts 140 La Liga appearances across spells at Real Madrid and Espanyol, as well as several Champions League outings for the Madrid giants, he didn’t look any better than Peacock-Farrell.
According to stats by WhoScored, Peacock-Farrell [2.0] averaged more saves per league appearance than Casilla [1.9].
The Spaniard also conceded 1.2 goals per league match, while Peacock-Farrell conceded 1.1 per Championship outing.
Peacock-Farrell has also started to shine for Northern Ireland.
He’s earned nine caps for the Green and White Army, keeping an impressive four clean sheets and conceding just seven goals in the process.
Peacock-Farrell is only 22-years-old and as everyone knows, goalkeepers hit their peak at a much later stage in their careers than outfield players do, so it is worth being more patient with the Darlington-born shot-stopper, who could develop into one solid shot-stopper for the Whites.