Steve Evans backs Bailey Peacock-Farrell to follow in footsteps of Cook, Byram and co

The young goalkeeper is all set to become Leeds United's number two.

The emergency loan window shut yesterday in the Football League and to many a fans surprise Leeds United decided not to bring in a goalkeeper at the last minute.

Ross Turnbull is out until February with a fractured ankle whilst Charlie Horton left for personal reasons this week, heading back to the United States.

That leaves just Marco Silvestri as a recognised stopper in the Leeds first-team.

But it sounds like Leeds United boss Steve Evans has a lot of faith in the man set to become his number two - Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

The 19-year-old was handed a new deal by the club in July and Leeds boss Evans told BBC Radio Leeds yesterday that he has been very impressed with the player in recent weeks:

"We've probably seen Peacock-Farrell slightly ahead of Charlie Horton.

"I purposely made the decision not to strengthen in the goalkeeping department after I went to watch the Under-21s play at Sheffield United last Thursday evening. I only really went there to look at one player which was the young goalkeeper. He was outstanding. His commanding of the area, his kicking, his distribution."

He even went on to suggest that he can follow in the footsteps of Lewis Cook, Sam Byram and Alex Mowatt in making a place in the Leeds first-team his own:

"This football club has been famous for anything in the last couple of years it has been famous for young players. There's a great saying in football, if you're good enough, you're old enough.

"It may have to become a big ask of that young man to go and wear the shirt at the first-team level but Cook did it, Byram did it, Mowatt done it. I think this young man is in that realm."

Big words but Peacock-Farrell has certainly been impressing in recent weeks and looks a bright spark for the future.

Silvestri has found a little bit of form recently, so barring injuries or suspension the teenager's role will be as a back-up only, but it will still be an excellent learning curve for the player and Leeds fans can take comfort in the fact their youth team continues to provide the first-team with plenty of options.

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