In our latest instalment of the Flashback series, we take a look back at a certain moment and look at how things might have changed those initial reactions.
In the summer just gone, Leeds United decided to part company with one of their most promising young players.
They chose to allow goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell to join Premier League outfit Burnley, for a fee of just £2.5 million (via BBC Sport).
The Northern Ireland international had been a regular for the Whites in the first half of the 2018/19 campaign, starting 27 of their first 28 Championship fixtures under Marcelo Bielsa (Transfermarkt).
However, he was replaced for all but one of the West Yorkshire side’s final 18 matches of the season by Spanish stopper Kiko Casilla (Transfermarkt).
The former Real Madrid man established himself as Bielsa’s new number one, and that in turn led to the club deeming Peacock-Farrell surplus to requirements and allowing him to move to Lancashire.
At the time the decision was fairly understandable. But with Casilla potentially facing a 12-match ban after being found guilty of racially abusing Charlton’s Jonathan Leko (talkSPORT), could letting the Northern Irishman go turn out to be a mistake?
If Casilla is banned, then it will leave Leeds with Illan Meslier as their only senior goalkeeper for what will be a quarter of the season (leedsunited.com).
The Frenchman is on a season-long loan at Elland Road from Ligue 2 side Lorient and is just 19-years-old with no previous experience playing in English football.
He did play 28 league games for Lorient last season (Transfermarkt), but having not yet played for Leeds it is unknown how good he actually is.
The Whites are chasing promotion to the Premier League this season, and pinning their hopes on Meslier is a gamble for them if Casilla is banned.
Had they retained Peacock-Farrell’s services, they would have had a stopper with plenty of recent experience in the Championship ready to step in and cover the Spaniard in his absence.
It remains to be seen whether Casilla will be banned, but if he is and results start to take a dip with Meslier in goal, then Leeds may well be left to regret selling Peacock-Farrell to Burnley.
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