Bailey Peacock-Farrell is not concerned that his decision to switch Leeds United for Burnley will backfire, because the chance to secure a Premier League transfer was too good of an opportunity to refuse, as told to The Times.
The Northern Ireland international had been on the Whites’ books since 2013 (TransferMarkt), but opted to leave the Elland Road outfit in August after it became clear that assurances of first-team football would not be on the cards any time soon with Marcelo Bielsa favouring Kiko Casilla (Yorkshire Evening Post).
Peacock-Farrell is now facing yet another stretch waiting to be awarded minutes between the posts after joining Burnley for £2.5million (BBC), as his arrival at Turf Moor as the replacement for Tom Heaton – who joined Aston Villa – saw the 22-year-old go from Casilla’s understudy at Leeds to third choice under Sean Dyche.
The jump from Championship football to Premier League status has somewhat been negated by this, as the Darlington-born shot-stopper is behind one-time England international Nick Pope and long-time Three Lions number one Joe Hart.
The Times note that many saw this as a reason to question his decision to quit the Whites, but Peacock-Farrell has explained his thought process behind his decision.
“It was a jump that I wasn’t expecting to make so soon, but it came about and I couldn’t turn it down,” Peacock-Farrell said. “I’m really happy to be there. I’m enjoying the day in, day out training and working with two experienced and very good goalkeepers in front of me.
“Nick Pope has been called into the England squad and Joe Hart was England number one for a long time, won the Golden Glove in the Premier League and played a ridiculous amount of top-flight games. I’ll learn a lot from them and believe it is a place where I can grow.”
Only time will tell if Peacock-Farrell made the right decision in quitting Leeds to become a third-choice goalkeeper at a Premier League club, but the Northern Ireland international’s explanation would suggest he did not feel he would develop in the same manner had he opted to remain Casilla’s number two.
On the other hand, opting to take a place on the bench over fighting for the number one jersey can just as easily hamper his progress, as he now needs both men ahead of him in Dyche’s pecking order to endure a poor run of form – or injuries – to even be in contention for consideration, let alone selection.
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