Overall it was a very quiet January transfer window for Leeds United, with Kiko Casilla the only senior arrival at Elland Road.
Leeds needed a goalkeeper to come in and compete with Bailey Peacock-Farrell for the gloves, with faith placed in the experienced Casilla, who arrived at Elland Road from Real Madrid on the back of a hat-trick of Champions League wins.
As expected, Casilla has outmuscled Peacock-Farrell and started Leeds’ last two fixtures, the victory over Rotherham and defeat to Norwich.
As soon as it became apparent Casilla was the man on Leeds’ radar, Peacock-Farrell will have feared for his place in the starting XI and, as mentioned, it didn’t come as a surprise at Rotherham when the Spaniard was named in Bielsa’s side. However, it won’t ease the disappointment for Peacock-Farrell.
At the start of the season the 22-year-old did fantastically well to keep out Jamal Blackman, winning the No.1 jersey and helping Leeds make a fantastic start to the campaign.
Peacock-Farrell has kept 10 clean sheets and had some big moments along the way, with his penalty save against Reading something that could prove to be crucial come the end of the season.
Obviously there were mistakes, though, which is why Bielsa felt the need to sign Casilla, but Peacock-Farrell will have felt that he did enough in his 27 Championship appearances to earn the chance to help Leeds over the line in the race for promotion.
But, as things stand, Peacock-Farrell’s last appearance came in a 2-1 defeat to Stoke City and it remains to be seen when his next chance comes. He has the opportunity to work alongside a goalkeeper with good pedigree in Casilla and learn, but that certainly won’t ease the youngster’s inevitable disappointment.