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‘What message does this send?’ – These Leeds fans had their concerns about this summer signing but they need not have worried

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With the arrival of Marcelo Bielsa in the summer, there was an instant rejuvenation among the Leeds fan base. 

Here was a manager who is proven to be world class. This will surely be their best chance to return to the Premier League in a long, long time.

With Felix Wiedwald and Andy Lonergan all leaving the club in the summer, a new goalkeeper was always going to be a priority for the Whites.

Paul Heckingbottom had handed a first-team debut to youth-team shot-stopper Bailey Peacock-Farrell before the end of the previous campaign with the youngster instantly impressing.

But tasking him to take on full first-team responsibilities could be a lot to ask, so the Whites brought in a new man.

This is FLW Rewind, where we take a look back at a big decision made by a club, analyse the initial reaction and document what happened next.

Jamal Blackman was the man called upon to help ease the goalkeeping pressures at the club.

The Chelsea shot-stopper had impressed whilst on loan with Sheffield United in the Championship during the 2017/18 season and looked to be a solid signing.

But many of the fans were worried and voiced their concern that the signing would mean Peacock-Farrell taking a back-seat:

But Bielsa quickly allayed those fears on the opening day of the season by picking Peacock-Farrell to start against Stoke City.

Since then, the Northern Irish international has been one of the first names on the Argentinian’s team-sheet.

The 21-year-old has played in every Championship match so far this season and does not look like losing his spot any time soon.

He appears to be improving with each passing week, showing that these fans were wrong to worry about Blackman’s arrival, but also that they were right to show faith in Peacock-Farrell.


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