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 parted ways with no fewer than 18 players this summer as manager Marcelo Bielsa decided to overhaul his squad, following the club’s failure to secure promotion last season.
One of those who was moved on by the club was goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell who joined Burnley for a reported fee of £2.5m (via BBC Sport).
Despite starting the previous campaign as Bielsa’s first-choice shot-stopper, the 22-year-old was replaced by Kiko Casilla in January following a number of poor performances for the Whites in the Championship.
Whilst Casilla ultimately failed to step up to the mark for the Whites, he nevertheless began the 2019/20 season in goal.
With regular football no longer guaranteed at Elland Road, Peacock-Farrell decided to make the switch to Burnley.
Although he has yet to make his debut for the Clarets, he did produce a promising performance in between the sticks for Northern Ireland earlier this week against Germany.
Whereas the Green and White Army eventually went on to lose this clash 2-0, the former Leeds man made a number of superb stops at Windsor Park.
Given just how impressive Peacock-Farrell was on Monday, it would not be at all surprising if Bielsa has already started to question his choice to let him leave.
So was it the right move by the Argentine to sanction the keeper’s exit?
“They won’t be too concerned over losing him in the summer.
“Peacock-Farrell wasn’t a regular starter in the Leeds side since Kiko Casilla came in, and the Northern Irishman clearly wasn’t patient at all.
“He left the club for the first offer that came his way and given that he is now third-choice goalkeeper at Burnley, you have question his ambition for the future.
“I’m not doubting that I think he can regularly for a Premier League team, but I think his move to Burnley was an odd one.
“Leeds won’t regret it as they’ve got a goalkeeper with real quality in Kiko Casilla who has been impressive this season.”
“In reality it was the right move all round.
“The problem they had was the Championship status; at this level he needed to play.
“Being a young keeper at a top-flight club isn’t bad, he would still be considered for the international scene, but a reserve at a second-tier side is not such a good look.
“He might go to have a great career, he certainly looks impressive for Northern Ireland at the minute, but there would have been no guarantee that he would have progressed if he stayed at Leeds.
“Regret is a dangerous word, because much of it is based on what happens after you make a decision.
“Whatever happens from here on is a result of he move, not an example of what they missed out on.
“They have to happy with the decision and I’m sure if he reaches his potential it’ll be worth it in terms of add-ons.”
“Not in the short-term, and if they get to the Premier League then he’ll be long forgotten.
“It’s an odd one because he could go on to have an excellent career, and at the same time it could all go downhill and thus it’s hard to tell which way it’ll go for him.
“Whilst in some games he made mistakes for Leeds, other times he was simply sensational and so this level of inconsistency may have player a role in Bielsa letting him go.
“I don’t think they’ll regret it after just one game, but they might do should he continue to perform.”