New Leeds United goalkeeper Ross Turnbull told Radio Yorkshire that he’s been given a very clear and precise message from Uwe Rosler and the club’s goalkeeping coach.
Turnbull was recently announced as a new signing by the club, instantly slotting into the side’s pre-season schedule with a friendly appearance.
He’s explained that he’s been told to put current number one Marco Silvestri under real pressure, as well as looking to help talented youngster Charlie Horton.
“It’s important, speaking to the gaffer and the goalkeeping coach, that’s one thing that they want me to do in training and game situations, to put pressure on the other two,” he told Radio Yorkshire.
“He’s (Horton) a young player and an exciting footballer, it’s the same with Marco and if I can help in any way, that would be great.”
Can Turnbull seriously challenge for the number one spot?
There’s no reason why he can’t but Silvestri will most likely start the season as the man holding the goalkeeping position for the Championship.
If Turnbull has aspiration to force his way into the Leeds United first team, all he can do is train well and take his chances whether they come in the form of pre-season games or domestic cup competitions over the next couple of months.
He may also need a little bit of luck in the form of an injury to another player, but he needs to make sure that he’s ready when the time comes.
How can Turnbull help Horton?
He can help the talented youngster by just offering him the benefit of his experience.
Horton will start the season in the Leeds under-21 ranks and could grow frustrated if he doesn’t progress as rapidly as he may be hoping.
Turnbull has a responsibility to step in at that point, helping him to try and maintain a positive mind set.