Leeds made a brilliant start to the season under Marcelo Bielsa and for the first few weeks of the Championship, the Whites were playing some of the best football in the country but that all came to an abrupt end at the weekend as Leeds were beaten by Garry Monk’s Birmingham City.
Monk’s side became the first team to beat Leeds in the league following a brace from Che Adams in what was Leeds’ worst performance of the season. Both goals were chances that, in fairness, young goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell should’ve saved. For Adams’ first goal, the 21-year-old seemed to gamble on the wrong side and was completely wrong-footed. The second was a fairly weak long-range shot which should’ve been a fairly easy one for the youngster to stop.
Following the loss, one of our writers when onto Twitter to find that many Leeds fans were incredibly critical of the young goalkeeper following the loss. While the 21-year-old did make two poor mistakes, so far this season he’s put in some good performances this year and needs to be given some faith from the fans.
Going into the game, Leeds were without Kemar Roofe and Pablo Hernandez and going forward it showed. Although Jack Harrison and Tyler Roberts played well in midweek, the two youngsters failed to have much of an effect on Saturday, moreover, with Patrick Bamford also injured, Bielsa was forced to call on youth academy player Ryan Edmondson from the bench.
Over the summer, Leeds decided not to spend heavily on a new goalkeeper and instead decided to bring in Chelsea youngster Jamal Blackman on loan, who has only made two appearances for the club in the Carabao Cup. Although the 24-year-old had a fairly impressive loan spell with Sheffield United last year, it’s quite obvious that Bielsa is a big fan of Peacock-Farrell considering that he decided not to bring in a new ‘keeper and has stuck with the youngster throughout Leeds’ early season run of form.
Yes, at the weekend he didn’t have the best of games and he should’ve probably saved both but at such a young age, everything is a learning process for the Leeds academy graduate. For much of the early part of the season, he’s been impressive, and what the Leeds fans must do is to continue to back him.
They’ve only lost one game in the league this season, but if the fans start to get on top of their young players, that could multiply fairly quickly.
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