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Noel Whelan says Leeds must drop Silvestri for Turnbull, comments on Barton

Former Leeds striker Noel Whelan says it's time to drop Marco Silvestri.

Former Leeds striker Noel Whelan has urged the club to make a change in goal ahead of the weekend's clash against Sheffield Wednesday.

Whelan told BBC Radio Leeds after the 2-2 draw with Bristol City that Marco Silvestri's time has run out, and summer signing Ross Turnbull deserves a chance.

Turnbull made his debut last week against Doncaster Rovers in the Capital One Cup, and Whelan says he saw enough there to feel more confident in the former Chelsea goalkeeper than the Italian.

He said: "Looking back at the Doncaster game he played so well. He's earned this call up for this game coming up on Saturday."

Marco Silvestri was poor against Bristol City, having a hand in both goals conceded, and should particularly have done better with the equaliser.

His display enraged Leeds fans - who took to Twitter to slate the goalkeeper as Leeds threw away the win at Ashton Gate.

Turnbull was signed in the summer to provide cover, and will not be daunted to play in the derby against the Owls this weekend, having played in the Champions League earlier in his career, and also facing Wednesday several times in Championship competition.

Whelan also gave his thoughts on the potential signing of Joey Barton as a free agent which a section of fans are clamouring for, and was not in favour.

He said: "I don't think right now we need Joey Barton in the side. Right now we have enough in our team."

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