Exclusive: Paul Robinson delivers verdict on Peacock-Farrell exit from Leeds this summer
We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United…
Paul Robinson has said that former Leeds goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell will be improving at Burnley, despite not playing for the Premier League club yet.
However, he said that his comments before he left Leeds were not well advised and that the young keeper would have been better off keeping his feelings to himself.
Peacock-Farrell lost his place in the side to January signing Kiko Casilla and said in the summer, “Obviously if I’m not going to play at Leeds then I’ll have to consider my options… I’m not one of those goalkeepers who’s maybe content with sitting on the bench and picking up a wage.” [Yorkshire Evening Post]
Peacock-Farrell moved to Burnley in August for £2.49m but has only made the first-team bench once, in an EFL Cup game.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “I never like it when players leave on a sour note or criticise a manager for decisions that he’s made.
“The manager will make decisions because that’s what he’s paid to do, whether you like them or not.
“I’ve had managers that have treated me like that in the past and I would go home and I would moan to my friends and call him all the names under the sun. Publicly, I think you always keep your shop, keep it in order, part your separate ways and move on.”
Despite not playing at Burnley, though, Robinson does think that Peacock-Farrell will be improving as a player.
“I know he’s got a very very good coach at Burnley in Billy Mercer – I worked with Billy very well – and working closely with Nick Pope and Joe Hart is only going to bring him on.
“He’s in a very, very high-quality school of goalkeepers there. He’s got his work cut out to get any game time but it’s a very, very good club. I’ve known Sean [Dyche] for a long time working there. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there, he’ll be learning, he’ll be developing as a player.
“If he’s not getting his game time they feel he needs to they might look to put him on loan but he will definitely get better being there.”
Peacock-Farrell was benched for the last Northern Ireland friendly against the Czech Republic, but is in the squad for the next two internationals, against the Netherlands (16th November) and Germany (19th November).
In other Leeds United news, Paul Robinson claims Newcastle keeper would be ‘ideal’ for Leeds if Casilla banned