This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa may need to brace himself for interest in one of his goalkeepers, with Bailey Peacock-Farrell a target for Burnley manager Sean Dyche, as he looks to bring someone in if Tom Heaton and Joe Hart head for the Turf Moor exit door, according to The Mirror.
Peacock-Farrell fell down the pecking order at Leeds last season after the arrival of Kiko Casilla at Elland Road, but with the Spaniard’s future uncertain at the Whites, Peacock-Farrell is bound to want assurances as to game-time, especially if the Clarets come knocking.
So should Leeds allow BPF to leave Elland Road, or should they be looking to retain him?
“Leeds should hang on to him if they can, as he could easily be their no.1 long-term, even if they are promoted.
“He was brilliant at times last season and deserves more of a role in the starting line-up, and Premier League interest in him shows how highly he is regarded.
“He could become Leeds’ first-choice next season and failing that he still has a bright future ahead of him, so Leeds would be foolish to cash in now when his value is only going to increase.
“However, Leeds may feel they need all the funds they can muster right now in order to push for promotion, and if a multi-million pound bid came in for him then he could quite possibly be sold.”
“Leeds should try and resist any interest that comes in for Peacock-Farrell.
“Other than a few mistakes, the 22-year-old had looked reasonably assured between the posts last season before he was displaced in the side by Kiko Casilla, keeping 10 clean sheets and conceding 32 goals in 28 games.
“At his age, the Northern Irishman is surely only going to get better so losing him now seems like a big mistake for the Whites.
“If reports are to be believed and the Whites are indeed looking to offload Casilla this summer then Peacock-Farrell would surely be Bielsa’s first choice and Leeds cannot afford to lose him.”
“I don’t think Leeds should be actively looking to sell much of the squad that engineered a promotion push last season, but I don’t think the Whites can turn down a bid for Peacock-Farrell if the fee is sizeable.
“He may have started in goals during the Whites’ successful first half of the season last term, but I can’t see him being good enough to nail down a spot as Leeds’ permanent number one.
“He provides good squad depth and is a strong back-up for Casilla currently, but Leeds should definitely be open to a sale if an offer in the region of £5million comes in. Leeds could sign a decent replacement for that amount, while still having funds left over to use on the rest of the squad.
“There are definitely some advantages to keeping Peacock-Farrell, but I think it all depends on the fee. As for Peacock-Farrell, he would probably be interested in a move to the Premier League, but I’m not sure it’s necessarily the best switch for him if it doesn’t earn him regular football.”