Much like the centre-back debate, this could be another issue that rumbles on deep into the season.
The goalkeeping position has also come under some scrutiny this summer, with reports coming in that both Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Kiko Casilla could be making a move away. Now obviously it would be weird to have both of them leave, with not a lot of other options remaining at the club, but should either of them be leaving at all?
Speaking to Football Insider, Danny Mills spoke about how Bailey Peacock-Farrell should seek a loan move away from Elland Road if he wanted to force his way into Marcelo Bielsa’s plans further down the road.
“I think if he had the opportunity to go out on loan then I would try and take that route. It might be one more season, it might be two. If Peacock-Farrell learns during that time and he becomes a solid, better keeper, he might be able to step into those [Kiko Casilla’s] shoes.”
Now I’ve been very vocal in the past about how the goalkeeper situation needs to be addressed this summer, and I’ve received a lot of pushback for it (for which I am eternally grateful, comments and criticism are always welcome here, it helps drive the debate), but I think if the club are to lose one goalkeeper this summer, it has to be Kiko Casilla.
His error in the play-off semi-final last year should have been the biggest indicator that his style just isn’t made for the Championship. Although his red card against Sheffield United might have told you that already.
Bailey Peacock-Farrell has proved that he is ready to be a number one at this level, and Leeds Live did an excellent analysis to show that he was the better keeper between the two last season, so why Danny Mills feels the need to cast aside the more productive & younger keeper I don’t know.
If no offers do end up coming in for either player, then Peacock-Farrell has to be the number one when the season kicks off, surely? He has shown his ability in front of Bielsa last season, he shouldn’t be forced to prove himself elsewhere.