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Leeds United great Peter Lorimer: Marco Silvestri was outstanding against Bournemouth

Leeds United legend Peter Lorimer sings praise of Marco Silvestri and Souleymane Doukara.

Leeds United are a team on the up and have collected seven points from their last three Championship games.

Caretaker-manager Neil Redfearn picked up a victory in his first match in charge of the Whites, leading the side to a narrow 1-0 triumph over Bolton Wanderers at Elland Road.

Then came an encouraging 1-1 draw with Birmingham City at St Andrew’s Stadium, and on Tuesday the West Yorkshire club got the better of Bournemouth 3-1 at the Goldsands Stadium.

It was not the easiest of wins for Leeds against the Cherries, as they fell behind after just six minutes to am Andrew Surman goal. The hosts had a number of chances thereafter, but they were thwarted by goalkeeper Marco Silvestri.

  PositionTeamSavesCrosses caughtAccurate Goal KicksTotal Keeper SweeperAppearancesMins Played
Marco Silvestri GK Leeds 24 11 30 1 7 630

The 23-year-old Italian, who joined the former Premier League outfit from Chievo in the summer, has now been praised by Leeds great Peter Lorimer, who also gave his opinion on another new signing and the homegrown players.

‘The goalkeeper, Marco Silvestri, continues to impress me and he was outstanding at Bournemouth’, the 67-year-old wrote in The Yorkshire Evening Post. ‘If it wasn’t for him, we’d have lost that game by half-time.

‘When Souleymane Doukara gets going, he’s strong and physical and difficult to deal with. At full tilt he could be a major threat to clubs in this league. It’s just a case of getting him to full tilt.

‘There are homegrown prospects too – Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt, Sam Byram and so on – and quite a few signings who we’ve not really had a look at yet so I do feel quietly excited by it all. But the biggest thing by far is the fact that the side are now oozing genuine enthusiasm’.

Things indeed do look bright at Leeds at the moment. After a difficult start under the now-sacked Dave Hockaday, the Championship outfit appear to have got their season back on track.

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