With a tough run of games coming up for Leeds United, goalkeeper Marco Silvestri could be the difference for Neil Redfearn's men.
Leeds United face a tough run of Championship matches that will make or break their current campaign and one player in particular is likely to be the key man for Neil Redfearn’s side.
Marco Silvestri has been nothing short of brilliant since his summer move from Italian side Chievo.
Signed for an undisclosed fee on a four-year contract, the 23-year-old goalkeeper has slotted seamlessly into Leeds’ starting XI and has impressed despite the up-and-down nature of the club’s season.
Dave Hockaday, Darko Milanic and Neil Redfearn have all picked the players to do the business on the pitch for Leeds this season, but while some positions have seen a number of different choices, the goalkeeping position has been constant.
Silvestri has played every minute of Leeds’ Championship campaign to date, and time and again he has delivered solid performances that suggest the club have found their next great stopper.
Things have not always gone his way, and he has only kept four clean-sheets to date, but his presence and ability are such that he is likely to be key to any success Redfearn’s men enjoy in the weeks ahead.
First up is a trip to Blackburn Rovers, who have already scored 15 home league goals this season, while Leeds then host leaders Derby County.
Visits to Ipswich Town and Nottingham Forest will test Leeds’ promotion promise while a home match against Fulham is sure to prompt goals given the Cottagers’ attack and defence.
While the likes of Mirco Antenucci and Souleymane Doukara will be relied on to score the goals, as much as Adryan will look to provide and Jason Pearce to lead from the back, the simple fact is Silvestri has a huge spell ahead of him.
If he can keep some of the best forward-lines in the Championship at bay, he will help his side to the points that will prove Redfearn right when he says a top-six place is not beyond them this season.