Leeds United goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he thinks he has proven he can be the club's first choice goalkeeper next season.
The Whites have undergone major changes in the goalkeeping department over the last 12 months, as last season's first-choice stopper Robert Green was moved on to Huddersfield Town, whilst Marco Silvestri and Ross Turnbull were also allowed to leave.
In came Felix Wiedwald and Andy Lonergan, but the former has been an error-prone disaster, whilst the latter has't been able to show that he's anything more than experienced cover between the sticks.
New manager Paul Heckingbottom saw one too many errors from Wiedwald, so decided to give a chance to youth team graduate Bailey Peacock-Farrell, who has previously been out on loan at York City.
In what has been a torrid end to the season, Peacock-Farrell has been one of the few shining lights, turning in some promising displays, none more impressive than the display in Friday's 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa.
Peacock-Farrell has staked his claim for first-team football next season, telling the Yorkshire Evening Post that he thinks he can be Leeds' first-choice for the foreseeable future.
However, Leeds fans have taken to Twitter and offered something of a mixed reaction to Peacock-Farrell's comments, with some feeling that the performance against Villa was the only indication so far that Peacock-Farrell can be a Championship goalkeeper, and that Leeds can't win promotion with the 21-year-old in goal.
Others think that Peacock-Farrell is more than worthy of playing regularly next term, though may benefit from learning from a top veteran goalkeeper – such as ex-Whites stopper Green.
He’s done himself no harm. However I think it’s dangerous hanging our hat on him as number 1 next season. I’d get rid of Lonners and Felix, recruit a senior keeper, have BPF start season as number 2. Represents a promotion for him compared to this season.— Paul LUFC (@pistol1603) April 15, 2018
Reality is, he is out of his depth. We won’t get promoted with him in goals. He should go out on loan next season.— Charlie Rosenberg (@charlieros1e) April 15, 2018
He’s done well... but I don’t think he’s ready We need a strong leader in goals... someone like Rob Green!— Charlie Rosenberg (@charlieros1e) April 15, 2018
someone like... oh i dont know Rob Green maybe?— Jonny Strachan (@JonnyStrachan1) April 15, 2018
He young not enough championship experience.He should not jump ahead of himself num 2.will do for next season, we need atop class keeper for num 1— Michael zeus 1158 (@Lazmick) April 15, 2018
I'd give him a chance to be honest. He's never going to get any experience unless we give him a go. Not sure who I'd have as no2 like— Ian Boyd (@iboyd1984) April 15, 2018
Why not? He’s done nothing wrong to think otherwise..yeah he needs tweaking but nowt that can’t be coached. Great shot stopper and not had a solid back 4 infront of him since he’s been in which would make a huge difference just think he needs more control over a back 4 @bailey_pf— Luke O'Malley (@lukeomalley_) April 15, 2018
No where near ready Leeds need a top keeper in the summer who is a big presence who breeds confidence in the back 4.— Grant gordon (@Grantgo59128696) April 15, 2018
If anyone deserves a place in the team next season it's him— froz (@froz1919) April 16, 2018