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…
Sheffield Wednesday are reportedly interested in a loan deal to sign Burnley goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell, according to journalist Alan Nixon.
Peacock-Farrell has been with the Premier League side since 2019, having previously played for Leeds United earlier in his professional career.
But the Northern Irishman has found regular minutes hard to come by in recent seasons with Sean Dyche’s men, with the shot-stopper making just eight appearances in all competitions last term.
Sheffield Wednesday are evidently keen to add a goalkeeper to their squad this summer, with Keiren Westwood departing the club at the end of the 2020/21 season, when his contract reached a conclusion.
The Owls were relegated into the third tier of English football last term, and will be keen to win promotion back into the Championship at the first time of asking this season.
We ask our Football League World writers what they make of Sheffield Wednesday’s rumoured interest in signing Peacock-Farrell on a temporary basis this summer.
This’d be some coup in my eyes.
Peacock-Farrell has struggled to cement his place at Turf Moor with Burnley and has largely had to play second fiddle to Nick Pope, so a loan move makes sense here.
Though, a switch to League One with Sheffield Wednesday would certainly be a surprise.
He’s showcased he can cut it at Championship level during his stint with Leeds United, and was only ousted due to the arrival of Kiko Casilla.
He’s good enough to join a second tier side on loan, so it’d be a real astute bit of business if Darren Moore could somehow lure him to Hillsborough on loan.
Wednesday do have Cameron Dawson and Joe Wildsmith to choose from between the sticks so they are relatively well-stocked in that department, but, if a deal could be struck for a Premier League goalkeeper like Peacock-Farrell they have to make it happen.
With veteran goalkeeper Keiren Westwood already leaving the club this summer, perhaps it’s no surprise to see Sheffield Wednesday enter the market for another stopper.
However, the Owls’ squad is looking very thin at this moment in time after an extended transfer embargo, and with Cameron Dawson and Joe Wildsmith already there at Hillsborough as goalkeeping options for Darren Moore, it would be a surprise if Peacock-Farrell was one of his first signings.
Moving on to Peacock-Farrell more specifically, the Northern Irishman showcased his talent at Leeds United before moving to Burnley – but with England goalkeeper Nick Pope in his way – has rarely had the chance to impress in the Premier League and could be a little rusty because of this.
Wherever they’re aiming for next season in terms of league position after a tricky few months, the last thing they need is a rusty goalkeeper. So for me, this is a signing that can be put on the back-burner just for now as they target other positions.
They may have to promote a young goalkeeper to be third choice in the meantime, but that’s the least of their worries.
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I like him a lot and I think he would be the ideal candidate to take the number one spot for Wednesday moving forwards.
He’s still considered to be young in goalkeeping years and I think he will only improve as time goes on.
He’s not really had the sort of chances that he was looking for at Burnley and I think he’s wasted some of the best years of his career there.
The hope will be that he can play regularly once more if he links up with the Owls this summer.
It’s certainly a signing that they need and I think it would be a very big statement of intent from Darren Moore.