Leeds United: Teen stopper Peacock-Farrell poised to make second senior start

Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
 PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
Bailey Peacock-Farrell. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
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YOUNG goalkeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell could make his second start for Leeds United in this Saturday’s Championship showdown at Hull City.

Either way, Peacock-Farrell, Lee Erwin, Kalvin Phillips and Lewie Coyle will all have a part to play in Leeds United’s last three games after impressing Whites head coach Steve Evans.

Nineteen-year-old Peacock-Farrell is highly thought of at Thorp Arch and made a smooth first-team debut in deputising for the suspended Marco Silvestri in April’s 1-1 draw at home to QPR. Silvestri has since resumed his position as first-choice starter but Evans says Peacock-Farrell will likely play one of United’s last three games and has hinted that outing may come at Hull.

Striker Erwin, meanwhile, made his first Whites start in Tuesday night’s 2-1 victory against Wolves and did enough in the second half to convince his head coach of his long-term future.

Asked if Peacock-Farrell could get his second Whites opportunity at Hull, Evans replied: “Maybe. He will hopefully get involved to start a game before the end of the season and there’s one or two others as well. There’s young Kalvin Phillips ,who is due a chance and you look at young Lewie Coyle – I know he played on the right side the other night but there will be an opportunity for him somewhere within the three we think.”

Evans added: “But really we just need to keep our focus on now and there’s no point me thinking who might play and who might not play against Charlton. We’ve taken an approach one match at a time and we would be showing a disrespect to Hull City if we thought we were big enough to be thinking about anything else.”

Responding to whether or not Erwin would be seen again this season, Evans reasoned: “I hope so. We say to all the players that we pick the team based on what our eyes tell us and not what reputations tell us. We have always done that as a management team and I think Lee’s performance in the second half showed he has got a future and the kid can play.”

Erwin played on the left-hand side against Wolves but Evans said: “It’s where he played at Motherwell. He didn’t play as a striker at Motherwell – he played as a front three on the left, that’s Lee’s natural position, that’s where everyone has seen him and where this club assessed him to play and it’s where he thinks is his best position as well.

“I didn’t think he was so good in the first half but he certainly worked so hard.

“But I think in the second half he had a 15-minute spell where he was excellent.

“As expected, because it’s his first start in 12 months at competitive level, you know the legs are going to fall off and they started to fall off but I was pleased with his contribution.”

Kyle Bartley

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