Burnley have completed the signing of goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell from Leeds United for a fee believed to be £2.5 million. Signing a 4 year deal with the Clarets, Peacock-Farrell made 29 appearances last season, but ended the season playing second fiddle to Kiko Casilla.
Here’s what the young goalkeeper has had to say about his move to the Premier League:
“I’m really happy to be here. A Premier League club is what you dream of when you are starting out in football and to say I’ve signed for Burnley is a massive honour. There’s massive competition here, but it was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. The goalkeepers here are really good and two of them are England internationals. There’s something going on here that must be right.”
Peacock-Farrell started his career at Middlesbrough in their youth academy, however he as released in 2013. He went on to join the Leeds United youth system, eventually signing his first professional contract in 2015. Peacock-Farrell made his debut in the Champions ship in a 1-1 draw against QPR, conceding an 87th minute penalty.
In July 2017 he signed a three year contract extension with Leeds and in October 2017 he joined York City on a one loan, making 4 appearances for the club, conceding 9 goals in the process.
Across the 2017/18 and 2018/19 campaigns, Peacock-Farrell featured on 39 occasions in the Championship for Leeds United, keeping 11 clean sheets and conceding 50 goals (1.28 per game). That said, come the end of the season he was on the bench, with Kiko Casilla being the number one between the sticks.
Internationally, Peacock-Farrell has made 9 senior appearances for Northern Ireland, all since his senior debut in a 0-0 draw versus Iceland.
Fantasy Football Potential
Peacock-Farrell joins Burnley, whom notably have Nick Pope and Joe Hart at the club, who will surely be number one and two respectively this season. Peacock-Farrell has been priced at £4.5m in Fantasy Premier League, surprisingly the same price as Nick Pope and Joe Hart.
Burnley start the season with a first 5 of; Southampton (H), Arsenal (A), Wolves (A), Liverpool (H) and Brighton (A). Not the best of starts, which is reflected in the ownership of Nick Pope being 3.8% TSB, whilst Peacock-Farrell is rightly owned by 0.0% of fantasy managers. Peacock-Farrell will be one to keep an eye on, but due the lack of minutes he should and will be avoided by fantasy managers this season.