Burnley goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell has opened up on his switch to the Premier League club after leaving Leeds United in the summer.
The Northern International revealed that he spoke to Charlie Taylor, Chris Wood and Patrick Bamford before making the switch to Turf Moor.
Peacock-Farrell had fallen down the pecking order at Elland Road behind Kiko Casilla at the time and left in a deal thought to be worth around £2.5million.
Despite hardly featuring for the Premier League club, the keeper admitted that it was a great opportunity for him after speaking to Bamford.
“I knew Chaz and Woody were here and Patrick Bamford had been here as well,” he told Lancs Live.
“I spoke to the three of them before I signed. I got a little brief overlay of what Burnley was like. It made it a little bit easier but if it feels like the right move then you are doing it regardless. It was a great opportunity.
“Even though he (Bamford) might not have had what he wanted in terms of the football side of things he gave me a well-rounded view on the team and the lads and those kinds of things.”
It wasn’t a bad deal for Leeds, who have since replaced him with the younger, more promising Illan Meslier.
The one big problem that Marcelo Bielsa will have had with Peacock-Farrell was his distribution, which was poor compared to the likes of Casilla and Meslier. That is pivotal to play under the South American, and the French youngster, in particular, has shined in that area.
Take his debut against Arsenal for example. Meslier bet their high press with ease throughout the game – spraying passes of any distance with great accuracy.
Peacock-Farrell certainly has the potential to go far, but Bielsa will not look back at that sale with any hint of regret looking at his current options at the club.
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