The Championship campaign of 2018/19 turned into a mixed affair for young Leeds United goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell as his better performances became overshadowed by a few errors and poorer performances and in the January transfer window he found himself replaced in Marcelo Bielsa’s first team squad by new arrival Kiko Casilla.
The experienced former Real Madrid stopper didn’t have the best six months at Elland Road as he saw a number of rushes of blood himself. BPF has remained a regular in the Northern Ireland setup and he caused some consternation this summer with an interview that rubbed a few up the wrong way.
I’m not actually sure he said much wrong to be honest, he backs himself to be a success and that’s what you want from all players and plenty of the criticism was over the top for me and given another recent interview with the Yorkshire Evening Post I certainly can’t fault his overall attitude as he admitted he’d turned down an extra weeks holiday so he could get back in the groove and challenge for that No 1 shirt again.
“Me and Stuey had an option of having another week off. For me, for what I wanted to do and what I wanted to set out for this season, I thought if I took that extra week off I am a week behind in terms of preparation for the season and almost the race starts now for the start of the season and what better way to start it than be here. I knew if I took that extra week off I would probably regret when I was there and I wouldn’t be able to relax anyway. What I know in my head is I want to be here and I want to fight and to push to play here so I think the best way for me to do that is to be here on the first day.”
“That’s probably the worst thing about being a goalkeeper, only one of you can play. Me and Kiko get on really well. He came in and he settled in really well and we have got on great. But both of us want to play obviously and if I want to do that then I need to be here and not on holiday or having another week off. We are going to be pushing each other in training and we will see what the manager does come that first game.”
Perfect attitude for me.