Taking a look at a young Leeds United stopper who has suddenly become a lot more important.
Big things were expected of young goalkeeper Charlie Horton after he completed his move to Leeds United in the summer, but the USA under-23 international will be continuing his career closer to home following his decision to leave Elland Road for personal reasons.
Horton’s exit means Leeds are short on goalkeeping options with Ross Turnbull currently out injured, but in the short term it could offer 19-year-old Bailey Peacock-Farrell the perfect chance to impress.
After coming off the bench for Leeds in their recent friendly against Wycombe Wanderers, Peacock-Farrell looks set to be named as the club’s number two for their Championship match against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, and over the next few months he could show his manager Steve Evans that he is ready for the significant step up.
No one is suggesting Peacock-Farrell is ready for Leeds’ first-team just yet, but he will know he now has a great chance – through training and playing with the Whites’ under-21s – to show he can be a viable back-up option.
After all, it would not be the first time a player has proved to be an unlikely solution to an unforeseen problem.