Ex-Leeds star Whelan comments on new signing Horton, takes dig at Silvestri?

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Leeds have signed a new goalkeeper, but what is next for Marco Silvestri?

Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan has welcomed the addition of Charlie Horton to the club, who signed as a free agent on Tuesday.

The goalkeeper is expected to be a back-up to Marco Silvestri, but Whelan's tweet could be perceived as a dig at the Italian, discussing an area of his game where he is weaker than his shot-stopping.

Whelan, a co-commentator for BBC Radio Leeds, was outspoken in his criticism of the six Leeds players accused of refusing to play for the club during the final two games of the season, claiming injury. Whelan used his Twitter page at the time to say the six should never play for the club again.

Silvestri vehemently denied the claims, insisting he was injured.

The Italian impressed during his debut season, but claiming high crosses was not his strongest trait, recording only the 16th highest total in the Championship, at an average of less than one per game.

  TeamGood High ClaimAppearances
David Button Brentford 103 48
David Forde Millwall 90 46
Karl Darlow Forest 85 42
Heurelho Gomes Watford 84 44
John Ruddy Norwich 76 49
Adam Collin Rotherham 69 36
Stephen Henderson Charlton 67 31
Dimitrios Konstantopoulos Middlesbrough 58 43
Marcus Bettinelli Fulham 57 39
David Stockdale Brighton 54 42
Alex Smithies Huddersfield 48 44
Darren Randolph Birmingham 48 45
David Marshall Cardiff 46 38
Keiren Westwood Sheff Wed 43 43
Lee Grant Derby 42 40
Marco Silvestri Leeds 40 43

New signing Horton stands tall at 6ft 4, but is unproven in English football despite spells with Peteborough and Cardiff, yet to play a competitive game.

He has huge potential and Leeds clearly have high hopes for him, but Silvestri, who has always publicly stated his affection for the club, is unlikely to give up the number one position without a fight.

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