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Gareth McAuley

Peacock-Farrell should bail out and secure loan move

Gareth McAuley


Bailey Peacock-Farrell

Bailey Peacock-Farrell


Bailey Peacock-Farrell

Michael O'Neill must be deeply concerned about the current Northern Ireland goalkeeper situation.

Not one of our three shot-stoppers - Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Michael McGovern and Trevor Carson - are playing regular first-team football at their clubs and with the Euro 2020 Play-Off against Bosnia on the horizon, that is a major worry. Bailey and Michael are even third choice at Burnley and Norwich respectively.

They may train hard everyday and stay alert in five-a-side games, but there is no substitute for first-team matches. With the crowd on your back, points at stake and an opposition offering different challenges, a keeper is only then able to work on movement, shot-stopping, decision-making and the mental side.

When a player is out injured it takes time for awareness and sharpness to return and it is exactly the same for anybody consistently sitting in the stands or on the bench.

With this in mind, I would like to see Bailey (right) take the brave and bold decision of going out on loan.

Bailey is only a young lad and so he may believe he has time on his side, but believe me there are always new lads coming up and Bailey could quickly be forgotten about in the club game.

He needs to be seen and at the forefront of people's minds. I fear Bailey is stagnating at Burnley.

Timing is everything in football and Bailey might be first choice with Northern Ireland at the minute but that could all change in a heartbeat if Michael and Trevor get a run of games.

Knowing Michael O'Neill, he will be far from happy about the situation and will want to see change ASAP.

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