Bailey Peacock-Farrell explains what Steve Evans told him before Leeds debut v Wycombe

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Peacock-Farrell made his first Leeds appearance against Wycombe on Friday.

Peacock-Farrell is highly rated in the Leeds academy and has been training with the first-team in recent months, and he has told the official club website what Steve Evans said to him prior to making his first-team debut against Wycombe Wanderers.

The 19-year-old goalkeeper said: “Steve Evans said a few things before I went on. He said ‘Good luck, be positive and be confident’. It was a great opportunity. With other ‘keepers being elsewhere it was the chance for me to travel and try and be involved. Luckily it happened for me and I’m really grateful.”

Although not a competitive game, Peacock-Farrell made his debut as a late substitute against Wycombe on Friday, keeping a short clean sheet to ensure the 2-0 win was preserved.

He has been pushed up into the senior Leeds squad under Steve Evans due to the situation surrounding the other goalkeepers at Elland Road.

Ross Turnbull is currently out injured, and usual third choice Charlie Horton is away on international duty with the USA Under-23s.

These absences meant that Peacock-Farrell was promoted to Evans' squad for the Wycombe game, and the head coach gave him the chance of turning out for the Leeds team for the first ever time.

He had little to do, and is unlikely to remain as part of the Leeds squad for the foreseeable future, but it is still great to see a young player progressing from the academy system to first-team.

Leeds have a great history of promoting youth players, and Peacock-Farrell could be the next player to make that step up to first-team star in the coming years.

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