Leeds United have reportedly agreed to the sale of Northern Ireland keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell to Burnley for a fee of £3.5 million. The former Young Player of the Year from the 2017-18 season lost his place in the team to former Real Madrid keeper Kiko Casilla, who was brought into the side during last January’s transfer window to be the number one.
A deal has been agreed. #lufc https://t.co/z6PvQcfdgn— Leeds United News (@LeedsUnitedYEP) July 31, 2019
The rumour had been going around for a few days now, and it was reported earlier that Burnley were looking to make the deal after they sold Tom Heaton to Aston Villa.
Peacock-Farrell went into last season as the number one keeper, but he never really seemed comfortable playing with the ball at his feet, and Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa usually requires his keepers to be able to pass the ball effectively. Additionally, Bielsa went out of his way to state that Peacock-Farrell would have lost his start place to Chelsea loanee Jamal Blackman, only Blackman was injured and had to return to his parent club while the team was on international break.
It’s not surprising to see Peacock-Farrell go, as he’s worked his way into the national team, even getting a few starts, and if he’s going to progress, he needs to find a team that will give him an opportunity to play and a style that suits him. It’s also reported that Leeds will be looking for another backup keeper, despite having standout U23 keepers Will Huffer and Kamil Miazek on the roster. Perhaps another experienced keeper would be a good thing to have, especially if Casilla has another horror show like he did in the playoff semifinal defeat to Derby County last season.
We wish nothing but the best for Peacock-Farrell, and it still seems a bit weird to get more for a 22 year-old backup goalkeeper than for Samu Saiz, but hey, that’s life.