Former Leeds United player Noel Whelan has said that he thinks young goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell has done more than enough to stake a claim for the number one jersey at Elland Road next season.

Speaking on his show on BBC Radio Leeds, the pundit said that the 21-year-old keeper’s performances towards the end of the 2017/18 season were one of the highlights of what was a very poor season by Leeds United’s standards.

He said: “He’s got a great case for remaining as number because things have got much better since he’s come in. We’ve seen the improvements in an area of the field which has been so disappointing. Even at the start when we were having a great run we were never convinced about Wiedwald.”

“He has come in, he has shown that his distribution is absolutely spot on and some of the saves that he has made this season have been tremendous.”

Leeds United will still be on the lookout for a goalkeeper this year, after last summer’s signings of Andy Lonergan and Felix Wiedwald failed to live up to the expectations.

Wiedwald arrived to much excitement from Leeds United fans, but he never settled down at Elland Road, and his performances were seriously questioned by Whites supporters.

Because of his poor form, Bailey Peacock-Farrell was given his chance in the first team, and it is fair to say he took it.

His performances towards the back-end of the season saw him crowned as Leeds United’s young player of the season at the club’s end of season awards evening.


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