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Football League World’s Leeds United fan pundit Charlie Wells has expressed his confusion at Burnley’s reported interest in Whites’ goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
The Mirror reported on Thursday that Sean Dyche would be interested in bringing the Northern Irish international in if Tom Heaton leaves Turf Moor this summer, although Wells thinks it would be a strange move for him to consider.
“This is a bit of a funny one,” the regular punter told Football League World.
“Peacock-Farrell knows he’s isn’t first choice at Leeds so he surely knows he won’t be first choice at Burnley.
“He’ll be second choice wether he stays or goes so this could just come down to the money and the opportunity to play in the Premier League.”
Last season saw the 22-year-old installed as Marcelo Bielsa’s number one at the start of the campaign.
But a drop in form towards the end of 2018 led to Real Madrid’s Kiko Casilla being signed in January to take over, with Peacock-Farrell making just one more appearance.
And, becuase of this, Wells believes that a move to the Premier League would be a case of too much too soon.
“I believe that this may be a step to soon for Peacock-Farrell with him not having much experience for a ‘keeper and still being in his early twenties,” he said.
“Leeds fans still remember how he struggled at times last season when he was given the number one role at the club.
“A bunch of errors in a short space of time forced the club to act and bring in Kiko Casilla from Real Madrid.”
However, having risen through the ranks of the Whites’ youth system, he is somebody the fans have a considerable bond with and Wells believes that the club feel the same.
But, if the youngster’s head is turned, the regular punter also has an ideal price-tag in mind.
“I hope Leeds don’t choose to sell him,” he said.
“I do believe the club eye him as their long term number one and somebody that could become one of the best keepers to have ever come out of the academy.
“I think Leeds could ask for something around the £4million mark.
“Bielsa isn’t one for trying to keep players whose heads have been turned by interest from other clubs.”