Bailey Peacock-Farrell has already begun to shine for Sheffield Wednesday and now former boss Chris Turner believes the goalkeeper will ‘want his future to be with Wednesday’ if he can keep his good form going and lead the Owls to promotion, according to the Belfast Telegraph.
The goalkeeper joined parent club Burnley back in 2019 but has struggled to break into the first-team picture (due in no small part to the impressive showings from Nick Pope and the signing of Wayne Hennessey). It’s meant that the 24-year-old has been limited to just four appearances at Turf Moor.
Now, in search of more regular action, he has joined Sheffield Wednesday for the duration of the 2021/22 campaign – and life as an Owl could not have started better for the former Leeds United man.
He’s already played the same amount of games this season as he has in the whole of his Burnley career, with four starts to his name so far. Even more incredible is that in those four games, he has not conceded a single goal.
Former manager Chris Turner is now piling on the praise for the shot-stopper – and believes he could decide to make his current arrangement more permanent if he can lead the side back into the Championship.
Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Turner said: “What I’ve already seen of him at Wednesday, he clearly has the attributes required for the modern game.
“He is good with his feet and his hands, and he has a presence. I think he will do very well there.
“I predict that if he has a good season and hopefully helps them to promotion then he won’t want to go back to Burnley. He will want his future to be with Wednesday, for sure.”
It’s early days in the League One campaign but some of the Sheffield Wednesday greats are clearly liking what they see of the player so far – and if he continues in this vein of form, there is no reason why he can’t help lead the club into the second tier at the first time of asking.
Peacock-Farrell is quite clearly a talent. There were flashes of what he is capable of at Leeds United and Burnley saw it, snapping him up to add to their squad. It’s just been quite unfortunate for the shot-stopper that there are several others in the Clarets’ ranks that are higher up in the goalkeeping pecking order than him.
Burnley’s loss is Sheffield Wednesday’s gain though. He’s already proven in these four games what he is capable of, proving to be an absolute rock at the back. That, in turn, has bred confidence in the rest of the Owls backline.
You need a solid spine to launch a promotion-challenging side and Peacock-Farrell is certainly helping with that at Hillsborough. If he does shine with his new loan side, he may indeed find himself compelled to stay there. If he does, then the Owls will have landed themselves an astute signing – but that’s all hypothetical for now.