Bailey Peacock-Farrell was at the heart of Northern Ireland’s impressive victories over Estonia and Belarus last week and his showings might have been a sign to Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa that he is not a forgotten man.
Thank the high heavens for that.
The two victories mean Northern Ireland are top of Group C as they hope to repeat the heroics of the 2016 UEFA Euro competition in France, where they made it all the way to the Round of 16 before losing to Wales. Indeed, Peacock-Farrell has obviously been playing second fiddle in-goal since the start of the year after the Whites completed the signing of Kiko Casilla from Real Madrid, but a rebirth may be on the way.
The 32-year-old hasn’t done much wrong in his time at Elland Road but Leeds have looked a bit more vulnerable at the back during that time, which saw them drop down to third on the Championship table.
Casilla also got a red card in Leeds’ previous match at home against Sheffield United, suggesting that the wheels might be starting to come off for Bielsa and his team. Peacock-Farrell, however, proved in the two qualifying matches for Northern Ireland that he still has a lot to offer to the team and could be just the man to get their fight for automatic promotion to the Premier League back on track.
During the first-half of the season, Peacock-Farrell was immense for Leeds and was a rock in goal for the team that saw them take an early lead on the league table. If he can get back to that level, every White reading this may well have a new hero to look to as one of the most nerve-wracking ends to a season in recent Leeds memory ramps up.
The Yorkshire club now has to launch a massive fight until the season concludes if they were to play in the Premier League next season and the recall of Peacock-Farrell could be instrumental if that is going to happen.
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