Is Steve Evans putting too much pressure on this Leeds youngster?

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Bailey Peacock-Farrell will feature for Leeds United against Queens Park Rangers in the Championship this evening.

Leeds United head coach Steve Evans told The Yorkshire Evening Post last year that Bailey Peacock-Farrell will play in the Premier League in the future.

Peacock-Farrell is just 19 years of age and plays as a goalkeeper, and he has yet to make his first-team debut for Leeds.

The teenager will get to play for the West Yorkshire outfit this evening, though, when he starts against Queens Park Rangers at Elland Road.

First-choice goalkeeper Marco Silvestri is suspended for the Championship game, which has opened the door for Peacock-Farrell.

Evans claimed shortly before Christmas last year that the former Middlesbrough prospect is good enough to play in the Premier League.

“I don’t say it often but this boy will play in the Premier League,” the Scotsman told The Yorkshire Evening Post shortly before Christmas.

The Leeds head coach has recently suggested that if Peacock-Farrell does well against Rangers, then he could get a run of games.

“I’m not the sort where if a 19-year-old is outstanding on his debut I’ll pull him out and automatically put our first-choice back in,” Evans told The Yorkshire Evening Post.

“We’re expecting big things of Bailey and this game should the first of many appearances for the club. I’m not the only one who thinks that.”

It seems that Evans rates Peacock-Farrell highly, and having worked with the youngster for the past few months, the Leeds head coach is in a better position than most to judge his quality.

However, making such big statements about a player who is only 19 and has not even played his first senior game for the Whites is only adding more pressure on him.

What if Peacock-Farrell has a bad game against QPR? What if the 19-year-old drops a cross which leads to a Rangers winner?

While Evans should be looking to build up Peacock-Farrell and inform the fans what they can expect of him, he also needs to be more reserved what about the youngster can achieve in the future.

Making statements such as ‘this boy will play in the Premier League’ could be counterproductive.

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