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TT Battle: Orjan Nyland vs Bailey Peacock-Farrell

TT Battle: Orjan Nyland vs Bailey Peacock-Farrell

Aston Villa and Leeds United will meet each other on Sunday afternoon at Villa Park in what will likely be a tight affair.

Admittedly, both sides have had rather different starts to the Championship campaigns, but both appear to be in the full swing of things.

Leeds currently sit at the top of the division, whilst the Villans have certainly improved with the arrival of Dean Smith as their new manager.

Although the game promises to be an eventful affair, there may be some that take note of the performances of the respective goalkeepers.

Orjan Nyland has not had the most enjoyable of times at Villa Park since arriving in the summer, whilst Bailey Peacock-Farrell has come under some intense scrutiny at points as well.

Orjan Nyland

As mentioned, Nyland arrived at Aston Villa in the summer from FC Ingolstadt on a three-year contract and many would have had an expectation that he could replace Sam Johnstone suitably.

However, the Norway international has looked a little shaky at times with his displays for the Championship outfit as they look to challenge for a place back in the Premier League.

The 28-year-old has had times where he has shown what he can do, however, a number of fans have been quite vocal with his ability on social media in the past.

In fact, his future as a first choice looks highly in doubt at the moment, with rumours that Lovre Kalinic is about to complete a January move to Villa Park.

TT Grade: B-

Bailey Peacock-Farrell

Peacock-Farrell has played a key role for Marcelo Bielsa’s side this season and has put in a number of solid performances for Leeds as they sit at the top of the Championship.

However, there have been some question marks over his displays for the Whites as well, with his manager also suggesting that he was on the verge of being dropped from the first-team.

But, an injury to Jamal Blackman has since seen the Northern Ireland international keep his place and he appears to have kicked on with his displays.

However, as with Nyland, there has been speculation about a new goalkeeper coming to Elland Road in January, with the likes of Karl Darlow being heavily linked with a switch.

TT Grade: B+

The Verdict:

In what is expected to be a highly entertaining game, the ‘keepers are likely to both have many looking at their individual performances throughout the 90 minutes.

Peacock-Farrell is still young and still has room to develop and improve, something that will likely happen for the Northern Ireland international, which helps him win this battle against his Aston Villa counterpart.

Nyland is a more experienced professional and should not be making the mistakes he has had the tendency to make in matches this season and the future certainly does not look great on his career at Villa Park despite being at the club for just a few months.

Aston Villa and Leeds fans – thoughts?

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