Leeds United goalkeeper Baily Peacock-Farrell has had quite the rise since Paul Heckingbottom took charge of the side. He was brought in and made himself the Leeds number one and has now earned a call-up for the Northern Ireland senior squad for their two friendlies against Costa Rica and Panama.
Peacock-Farrell joins Stuart Dallas in the Northern Ireland squad and also links up with a player that the club are trying to sign in Crusaders winger Gavin Whyte. Peacock-Farrell has been in brilliant form since he broke into the side under Heckingbottom and has been the best player since that day. We were having serious problems with our keeper situation at the time and both Felix Wiedwald and Andy Lonergan haven’t had a minute on the pitch since he started the game against Wolves. His confidence has grown and he saved us so many times although most of them wouldn’t end up meaning anything because we lost the games anyway. It wasn’t long ago we were debating whether he would start for the Northern Ireland under 21’s so he’s come a long way in a short space of time.
Eunan O’Kane has also been called up for international duty by the Republic of Ireland and Pontus Jansson has made the World Cup squad for Sweden, he captained the side on his last appearance. Jansson was part of the squad that knocked out Italy against all the odds in the two-legged play-off a couple of months ago although they aren’t expected to do great they always seem to turn a few heads in tournaments. It would be great to see Peacock-Farrell get a chance in one of the games but there are a couple in front of him so the chances are slim. A bright future lies ahead for the keeper and hopefully many more years to come between the sticks at Leeds United.