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Bailey Peacock-Farrell won't be handed Premier League debut despite Burnley's safety, says Dyche

 

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Northern Ireland number one Bailey Peacock-Farrell has yet to play a compete senior game for Burnley since joining the club from Leeds last summer.

Northern Ireland number one Bailey Peacock-Farrell has yet to play a compete senior game for Burnley since joining the club from Leeds last summer.

Sean Dyche

Sean Dyche

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Northern Ireland number one Bailey Peacock-Farrell has yet to play a compete senior game for Burnley since joining the club from Leeds last summer.

New Northern Ireland boss Ian Baraclough will have a wait to check out the form of goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has poured cold water on hopes that the 23-year-old is set to end his 15-month wait for a club outing now that the Clarets have burst through the 40-point mark in the Premier League.

Peacock-Farrell has yet to make a first-team appearance for the Turf Moor outfit since signing from Leeds United last summer.

He has moved up the pecking order behind first choice Nick Pope, with regular No.2 Joe Hart having left the club last week by mutual consent at the end of his contract.

Peacock-Farrell was again on the bench for Burnley's 1-0 victory over Watford on Thursday as the Clarets dismissed any lingering fears of being sucked into a relegation battle.

Dyche is keen to rotate his outfield players as much as possible to guard against fatigue and injury, but it would seem that doesn't necessarily stretch to his goalkeepers.

"We want to keep Popey fit and sharp," said Dyche. "Bailey is a good keeper, but he is learning all the time.

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Sean Dyche

Sean Dyche

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Sean Dyche

 

"His chance to be involved happened slightly by default.

"(Under-23 keeper) young Lukas (Jensen) is just behind him, but he also has a bit to go.

"It is great having those options who are improving all the time, but I won't play someone just for the sake of it."

Unlike his predecessor Eddie Howe, who was not afraid to blood youngsters, Dyche has rarely rested players unless forced by circumstances.

All four of Peacock-Farrell's senior appearances this season have come for Northern Ireland, with the last one a 6-1 defeat to Germany in a Euro 2020 qualifier in November.

His last club outing came for Leeds in a 3-2 victory over Millwall in March 2019.

Belfast Telegraph