Leeds United goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell suggested that he has returned to training one week early.
Bailey Peacock-Farrell angered plenty of Leeds supporters when he recently suggested – in comments reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post – that he will look to leave Elland Road if he is not playing for Marcelo Bielsa’s side moving forward having spent the majority of the second-half of last season as Kiko Casilla’s understudy.
Casilla came in for a lot of criticism during the latter stages of the campaign following some erratic performances. Nevertheless, Peacock-Farrell attracted some stick given that he had endured a mixed time between the sticks before Casilla’s arrival.
So it was a surprise that the Northern Ireland international decided to make such a public statement about his frustrations over not playing.
Peacock-Farrell will have plenty to prove when the new campaign starts. But it seems likely that some of those fans who were left disappointed by what he said may now be back on side following his latest comments, which came in an interview with LUTV.
A number of Bielsa’s squad have now returned to Thorp Arch for pre-season training, except most of the players who have recently been away on international duty.
But despite being one of those who went away with his country, Peacock-Farrell has confirmed that he has turned down the chance to take an additional week off as he looks to prove himself to Bielsa.
“Me and Stuey had an option of having another week off,” Peacock-Farrell told LUTV. “For me, for what I wanted to do and what I wanted to set out for this season, I thought if I took that extra week off I am a week behind in terms of preparation for the season and almost the race starts now for the start of the season and what better way to start it than be here.
“I knew if I took that extra week off I would probably regret when I was there and I wouldn’t be able to relax anyway. What I know in my head is I want to be here and I want to fight and to push to play here so I think the best way for me to do that is to be here on the first day.”
The fans may appreciate Peacock-Farrell’s desire to get back into training as soon as possible. It shows that he is determined to do everything he can to prove that he deserves another chance as first-choice heading into next season.
His comments about not playing did not seem to do Peacock-Farrell many favours – though some actually appreciated the stopper expressing his frustration – but the decision to return to training early should certainly help the youngster get back in some fans’ good books.