Steve Stone tips Bailey Peacock-Farrell to go places after Leeds exit

Leeds United's Bailey Peacock-Farrell shows his frustration after Swansea City's Oliver McBurnie (not in picture) scores his sides second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between...

Burnley reportedly paid £3 million to sign Bailey Peacock-Farrell from Leeds United this summer.

Ex Newcastle United coach Steve Stone laughs during the Premier League match between Burnley and Newcastle United at Turf Moore on October 30, 2017, in Burnley, England.

In comments reported by Lancs Live, Steve Stone has suggested that Bailey Peacock-Farrell has the potential to go places at the highest level as the Burnley under-23 boss outlined plans for the goalkeeper following his move from Leeds United this summer.

Peacock-Farrell joined the Clarets during the transfer window in a deal that Lancs Live reports was worth around £3 million. It was a move that caught a lot of the Elland Road faithful off-guard after the Northern Ireland international made some interesting comments earlier in the summer.

 

The youngster made his first appearance for Burnley earlier this week as he featured for the under-23s. And Stone - who finished his playing career with a short spell at Elland Road - explained that while Peacock-Farrell is predominantly going to play for his side this term, the club have extremely high hopes for the stopper.

"He is around our first team, he trains with our first team and we expect him to be around that all year," he said, as reported by Lancs Live.

"He will drop in for game time and his attitude and his application is great, he is willing to learn and he will go places."

Bailey Peacock-Farrell of Leeds United warming up before the Sky Bet Championship match between Rotherham United and Leeds United at the New York Stadium, Rotherham, England, UK, on...

The reason that Peacock-Farrell's situation is intriguing to a lot of Leeds fans is because of the comments that he made earlier in the year. As reported by the Daily Mirror, he suggested in June that he had no plans to stay with the Whites if he was to remain Kiko Casilla's understudy.

While Casilla began pre-season as Marcelo Bielsa's first-choice and has since gone on to start all four of Leeds' games this term, it is arguably fair to say that there was a better chance of regular game-time this season at Leeds than there is at Burnley.

Casilla ended last season having committed a handful of extremely costly mistakes. He has started this campaign well, but the fans continue to hold their breath every time he dashes off his line to deal with a long ball over the top or a cross that he has almost no right to get near. 

Marcelo Bielsa, manager of Leeds, before the Sky Bet Championship match between Wigan Athletic and Leeds United at the DW Stadium, Wigan on Saturday 17th August 2019.

Peacock-Farrell has become third choice at Turf Moor. And while Joe Hart's future will likely have a question mark hanging over it every time the transfer window opens, Nick Pope could potentially be about to hit his peak.

Of course, it is not a huge surprise that Peacock-Farrell found the chance to move to the Premier League appealing while he is not first-choice at Leeds, especially with Stone tipping the goalkeeper for big things. 

But it still appears to be something of a gamble to join Sean Dyche's men when the path to the first-team is considerably more congested than it had been at Leeds. 

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