Leeds United goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell is reportedly the subject of a bid from Burnley. Burnley have accepted a bid from Aston Villa for their goalkeeper Tom Heaton, and with Joe Hart also reportedly looking for a loan move, Burnley are in the market for a backup keeper to Nick Pope.
Peacock-Farrell lost his starting job to former Real Madrid keeper Kiko Casilla, and reportedly would have lost his starting place to Chelsea loanee Jamal Blackman had he not gotten injured.
Would expect a bid for Leeds goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell from Burnley after they accepted an £8m bid from Aston Villa for Tom Heaton. They identified him as someone to work alongside Nick Pope. #lufc pic.twitter.com/8JwOVV9ftA— Tom Carnduff (@TomC_22) July 31, 2019
Peacock-Farrell has gotten a few Northern Ireland senior appearances, and while he’s still young, he’s got a lot of promise. He did make a few high-profile errors while starting at Leeds last season, and it appears that Marcelo Bielsa trusts the experience of Casilla. Casilla is also better at playing with the ball at his feet than Peacock-Farrell, and having a keeper be able to make passes is a critical part of how Bielsa wants his team to play.
Peacock-Farrell came on and played well in the later part of the 2017-18 season, earning himself the Young Player of the Year Award almost by default, as the team played extremely poorly under Paul Heckingbottom. Perhaps a move away would be best for the young keeper. However, the reported fee, £2.6 million, seems low as he’s been rumoured to be off for as much as £5 million, which seems about par for the course for Leeds’ transfer business this window.