NI boss hoping for BPF Burnley chance


Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill is hopeful Bailey Peacock-Farrell will get a chance with Burnley to ensure he is sharp when called upon by his country.

The goalkeeper has seen his first team opportunities limited in recent months, first losing his spot at Leeds following the signing of Kiko Casilla, before finding himself third choice after crossing the Pennines in the summer.

England goalkeeper Nick Pope is Sean Dyche’s favoured choice in the Premier League, with former Three Lions star Joe Hart featuring in the 3-1 EFL Cup defeat to Sunderland.

The Burnley new boy’s first competitive minutes of the season have come for the international side as he featured for 67 minutes in the friendly win over Luxembourg before playing the full 90 in Monday’s defeat to Germany.

Peacock-Farrell’s last club appearance came back on March 30 as Leeds beat Millwall 3-2 and as things stand, he could be left waiting for his first chance at Burnley.

A loan move may be the best option for the 22-year-old in a bid to stop his career stagnating. Although goalkeepers traditionally improve as they get older, young players still need in-game experience to hone the skills they develop on the training ground.

O’Neill clearly sees the Darlington-born custodian as the future between the sticks for the Green and White Army and is keen to see him playing regularly, as only featuring during international breaks is only going to lead to a decline in form.

“He’s going to be a big goalkeeper going forward and hopefully we see him playing first-team football soon,” said O’Neill. “It’s difficult to come in and play games of this nature consistently when you’re not playing first-team football.

“He played very well. He’s a young goalkeeper with not a lot of experience either at international level or in first-team football.”

Peacock-Farrell is again likely to be sat in the stands on Saturday when the Clarets head to the south coast to take on Brighton.