'This could get hilarious' - Leeds fans react to nightmare start to life in the Premier League for former Elland Road man

Bailey Peacock-Farrell. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)Bailey Peacock-Farrell. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Bailey Peacock-Farrell. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Former Leeds United goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell made his Premier League debut for Burnley on Saturday afternoon – and Whites fans have been quick to react on social media.

The Northern Ireland left Elland Road in 2019, but has had to bide his time for a first outing in the top flight.

With Clarets number one Nick Pope out injured, Sean Dyche saw fit to throw the 24-year-old in against Manchester City, and things could have hardly gotten off to a worse start for the former Leeds man.

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Within six minutes he was picking a Riyad Mahrez effort out of the back of his net, and he found himself doing the exact same thing 16 minutes later.

By full-time it was five, with Benjamin Mendy and Ferran Torres adding to the keeper’s misery before Mahrez completed his hat-trick.

And for many Leeds fans, Peacock-Farrell’s inclusion was a point of heightened interest, especially given the manner in which he left the Yorkshire club.

Upon Marcelo Bielsa’s arrival, he was first choice at Elland Road, but lost his spot to Kiko Casilla after a dip in form and made the decision to seek first team opportunities elsewhere.

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The fact that this was just his first Premier League start in nearly a season-and-a-half would suggest that he still has some distance to go to convince Dyche of his credentials, and baptisms of fire don’t come much hotter than a trip to face Pep Guardiola’s men.

We’ve gathered some of the best tweets from Leeds fans below:

@JaySharked tweeted: “Peacock Farrell starting for Burnley against Man City today. What could possibly go wrong? Leeds fans were very doubtful of his ability. Today we will see.”

@RupertTrousers_ tweeted: “Peacock Farrell in nets for Burnley. Lump on City 9-0”.

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@DaveKWilliams tweeted: “Bailey Peacock-Farrell facing Man City today. That’ll be a fun watch on Match of the Day I’d imagine”.

@Allwaysleeds tweeted: “City should have a field day if they hit from distance”.

@THuff1994 tweeted: “It’s a sporting travesty Peacock-Farrell is playing Premier League football”.

@benji_coops tweeted: “Peacock-Farrell starts for Burnley and within 5 mins concedes a goal... Oh I am shocked”.

@JayKavannagh1890 tweeted: “Peacock Farrell starting against City. This could get hilarious”.