Ch ch ch changes this summer, or so we hope. We definitely need and there is a raft of players who could well be heading out of the Elland Road door during the off-season. One position we thought needed addressing was the goalkeeper, but have we already solved that with Baily Peacock-Farrell?
Paul Heckingbottom hasn’t had a good start to life at Leeds United and he hasn’t helped us improve at all. There are a few positives, he is playing kids instead of playing senior players just for the fact they are senior. Paudie O’Connor had a very encouraging debut yesterday but Tom Pearce was a bit up and down on his, which is to be expected. One player who has been brilliant since his introduction is Baily Peacock-Farrell, and maybe he is the answer between the sticks, why not? There are maybe a few reasons, inexperience the only one that I can think of but why should inexperience keep you out of the team, remember the famous football saying, “if you’re good enough, you’re old enough.” Peacock-Farrell has been the best player on a few occasions and hasn’t put a foot wrong yet, in fact he’s getting better by the game. Paul Heckingbottom made a big call that night at home to Wolves, and it paid off.
Would anyone have questioned him for not playing Baily Peacock-Farrell? No, as far as we were all concerned (the majority anyway), he had struggled at York City and throwing him in would probably be the end of him, how wrong we were. He has been brilliant in every aspect. You can hear him from behind the goal, communication clearly isn’t an issue and you can see that in the work of Pontus Jansson and co. who haven’t had any mix-ups involving the goalkeeper since he came into the side. His kicking is bang on, coming at commanding his area is absolutely fine and his shot-stopping and reflexes seem to be his best attribute, we’ve seen it more times than we would have liked so far. Maybe the answer is right in front of our noses in this situation.