York boss backs Peacock-Farrell to become top 'keeper after Leeds United return

Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Leeds United at Griffin Park on November 4, 2017 in Brentford, England.

The Leeds United goalkeeper is back at Elland Road after York City signed a replacement.

General view of Elland Road before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

York City boss Martin Gray has backed Bailey Peacock-Farrell to become a "top 'keeper" after his return to Leeds United.

Peacock-Farrell is back at Elland Road after a month-long spell at Bootham Crescent, in which played four times - winning once, conceding nine goals and failing to keep a single clean sheet.

But even though York added goalkeeper Adam Bartlett on a permanent basis this week, Gray told BBC Radio York the Leeds youngster did well for him in difficult circumstances.

"I'm really thankful of the support we've had from Leeds," he said. "I believe he'll go on to be a top 'keeper. I think that coming on loan at a young age is an eye-opener, it's different. He'll probably go out on loan I'm sure, once or twice more in the near future, and I think that all these little things will only benefit that kid going forward.

General view of Bootham Crescent on July 13, 2011 in York, England.

"Yeah [it has not been easy for Peacock-Farrell], it's coming into the real world of football - it's a different environment. There's lots of balls on top of you and six-foot-five centre-forwards elbowing you in the face. You've got to learn to deal with that because I think once you do go and play in the Championship it's no different, it's very in-your-face, rough-and-tumble and aggressive.

"So he'll benefit from it Bailey, and as I say, he's been smashing- he'll go on to do very, very well."

Peacock-Farrell, who signed a new three-year deal ahead of his temporary move away from Elland Road, will now switch his attention back towards breaking into Thomas Christiansen's plans.

Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Leeds United at Griffin Park on November 4, 2017 in Brentford, England.

The Leeds boss has overseen six defeats in seven Championship matches, in which neither of his goalkeepers have properly convinced.

Peacock-Farrell revealed last month he hoped his spell at York would boost his chances of making Northern Ireland's squad for the 2018 World Cup.

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