Former Leeds United player Noel Whelan tips Ross Turnbull for number one spot

The goalkeeper had a decent game v Doncaster Rovers last night.

Yesterday saw Leeds United knocked out of the League Cup at the first round stage for the first time in their history.

They lost to local rivals Doncaster Rovers on penalties after fighting for most of the game with ten men after goalscorer Lewis Cook was rightly shown a red card in the first-half.

Leeds boss Uwe Rosler made a few changes to the side, some of which did not impress.

One in particular was Scott Wootton. The defender clumsily gave away a penalty in the first half that allowed Doncaster to level at 1-1.

However, substitute goalkeeper Ross Turnbull had a far more impressive performance between the sticks.

Signed from Barnsley in the summer the former Chelsea and Middlesbrough stopper looked assured throughout the game and could hardly be blamed for a penalty shoot-out exit.

One man who was impressed was former Leeds player Noel Whelan. The 40-year-old, who started his career with Leeds, was working as part of the BBC team covering the game and commented on Turnbull’s performance:

"Ross Turnbull has not done too much wrong this evening.

"His distribution was great to see and he will be putting pressure on Marco Silvestri for the number one jersey."

Of course that would mean dropping current number one Marco Silvestri. The Italian has his fans, because on his day his shot-stopping makes him unbeatable. He also has his critics. He is poor at claiming crosses and his decision making is sometimes off.

It is likely that Silvestri will remain between the sticks but, unlike last year, it would seem he has genuine competition for the number one jersey – which can only be a good thing.

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