Bailey Peacock-Farrell has stressed that he is hoping to retain the Leeds United goalkeeping jersey, but admitted that there will be plenty of competition for the shirt between now and the end of the season.
With Andy Lonergan sidelined and Felix Wiedwald out of form, Paul Heckingbottom placed faith in Peacock-Farrell yesterday evening, with the goalkeeper completing 90 minutes of the 3-0 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Elland Road.
The 21-year-old was beaten three times, but pulled off a string of impressive saves during the first-half to keep the Sky Bet Championship leaders within touching distance.
Peacock-Farrell faced the press this afternoon ahead of Saturday’s clash with Reading, admitting to Phil Hay from the Yorkshire Evening Post that he is hoping to retain his place in the starting XI for the foreseeable future.
However, the youngster also admitted, Lonergan and Wiedwald were both keen to wrestle their way back into first-team contention, he said:
BPF: "I want to play the rest of the games but Felix wants to play the rest of the games. Lonners is back and wants to play the rest of the games. It's the manager's call." #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) March 8, 2018
Heckingbottom watched on last night as his side slipped to 13th in the Championship table, with Leeds now seemingly playing for pride during the remaining 10 fixtures of the season.
Leeds travel to the Madejski Stadium on Saturday to face Reading, where they will be looking for only their second victory of 2018.
Last night was disappointing for Leeds, with Peacock-Farrell’s performance one of very few positives at Elland Road.
The 21-year-old’s first-half performance in particular deserved credit, and he is deserving of a place in the starting XI against Reading on Saturday.
Heckingbottom has proved a point by dropping Wiedwald, and from here, it would be a harsh call to leave Peacock-Farrell out on Saturday.
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