Forest star says it's ‘silly’ to compare Leeds goalkeeper to Darlow – is it?

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Jamie Paterson says that it's silly to compare Leeds United's Marco Silvestri to Nottingham Forest's Karl Darlow.

Nottingham Forest winger Jamie Paterson clearly holds his side's goalkeeper in high regard. 

After a poll was published on Twitter comparing Forest shot-stopper Karl Darlow with Leeds United's Marco Silvestri this morning, Paterson stated that it was a 'silly question'.

Silvestri has made a big impression after arriving at Elland Road this summer, but the Forest man is obviously of the opinion that he has not in the same league as Darlow.

Darlow has emerged as one of the brightest youngsters Forest have produced in some time and has been touted as a future England goalkeeper.

This summer, Newcastle United were able to sign him on a permanent basis, but they loaned him back to the City Ground for the season and he has simply picked up where he left off.

Although Forest's attacking prowess has stolen the headlines, their goalkeeper's form has been excellent and he is providing a solid foundation for them to build their success on.

Stuart Pearce's side have risen to near the top of the table with some sensational performances over the opening of the season and, if only measuring by the collective club form, Darlow is the clear winner, as Leeds are stuck in mid-table.

However, looking at the pair's stats, the two goalkeepers appear slightly closer than Paterson would suggest.

  PositionTeamSavesTotal High ClaimPunchesGk SmotherCross Not ClaimedAccurate Goal KicksAppearancesMins Played
Marco Silvestri GK Leeds 32 14 5 2 1 43 9 810
Karl Darlow GK Forest 27 24 4 1 0 28 9 810

Silvestri has made more saves than his Forest counterpart, whilst he has also smothered more attacks and been more accurate with his feet.

Although that can be attributed to the fact that Leeds have allowed more shots on their goal, therefore making him the busier custodian, it also does suggest that comparing them isn't as silly proposition as Paterson suggests. 

The one category that Darlow is clearly ahead in is his ability to claim crosses and that is something Silvestri will need to work on as he adapts to life in English football. 

That said, both are clearly very good goalkeepers and they will be looking to continue to prove a valuable last line of defence as their respective teams go for promotion. 

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