Former Leeds United goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell has suggested that leaving the Whites to join Burnley was a good career move for him.

The Northern Ireland international played well for the Elland Road side during the first half of the 2018-19 season and whilst he was between the sticks for the Yorkshire giants, they looked as though they were set for automatic promotion.

However, he was controversially demoted by Marcelo Bielsa in January after Leeds recruited former Real Madrid goalkeeper Kiko Casilla.

“I don’t think you could call it difficult, when a Premier League team comes calling,” Peacock-Farrell told The Yorkshire Evening Post. 

“It’s really hard for you to turn it down.

“It’s an opportunity for me to grow, take the next step in my career and I feel like it’s a good, solid place for me to build a foundation and improve myself.

“I know I’ve got two top goalkeepers in front of me but it’s a time in my career when I can maybe take some information from them, learn from them and maybe benefit myself.”

From an outsider’s perspective, Peacock-Farrell’s move away from Leeds does not make sense.

He may have swapped the Whites for a Premier League side, but he swapped being second choice at Elland Road for being third choice at the Clarets, behind Nick Pope and Joe Hart.

The former Leeds man is also unlikely to get much game time under Sean Dyche this season.

At 22-years-old, Peacock-Farrell is still young but he is no longer a player who has just broken into the first-team so being third choice is not exactly an ideal position to be in.

Had he remained with Leeds, he could have challenged for the first-team spot. At 32-years-old Casilla is entering the latter years of his career and his form during the second half of last season was not exactly convincing, so much so that some even argued that the Spaniard should be demoted as the club’s number one.

He really should have fancied his chances of usurping Casilla for the first-choice goalkeeping position at Leeds. He may have made a decision which he will regret in a few years’ time.


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