Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has praised goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell for the way he has responded to a couple of poor performances, report Leeds Live.
The 22-year-old made his return to the starting XI on Tuesday night after missing the weekend’s clash with Bristol City, saving a late Reading penalty to secure a 1-0 win.
“The positive cycles are more linked to what the player does,” Bielsa said.
“You see, in the theme parks, these rides which go up and down.
“In these games, when you are going down you are catching speed to go up again.”
Peacock-Farrell was selected as the club’s first choice goalkeeper at the start of the season despite securing the signing of Chelsea’s Jamal Blackman on loan.
The Northern Ireland international has played in 18 of the club’s 19 league games so far this season and will be hoping to gain some long-term form.
That 1-0 win against the Royals on Tuesday pushed Bielsa’s side back into the Championship top two, hopping above Middlesbrough in the process.
Fellow promotion chasers Sheffield United are the club’s opponents this weekend as they look to extend their current winning run to three matches.
Bielsa often appears to be the perfect man manager and this is just another example.
He has an uncanny ability to be able to drop players and use it as a way to improve them at the same time, as his brilliant roller-coaster metaphor shows.
I fully expect to see Peacock-Farrell return to top-form now.