Uwe Rosler confirms Marco Silvestri will start against Sheffield Wednesday

Uwe Rosler

Leeds United goalkeeper Silvestri has come under pressure in recent weeks.

Silvestri came under severe criticism during this week, but Uwe Rosler has confirmed in a press conference, quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post, that the Italian goalkeeper will start for Leeds this weekend.

Rosler said: “Marco’s a very talented goalkeeper. Marco’s quite young for a number one and the older he gets the better he’ll get. He’ll be in the firing line and every time he’s there he’ll take things on board. He’ll learn things. This is how I see it - he will be in goal tomorrow, there’s no question. He has to perform like everyone has to perform but we had a good chat and he made a very good impression on me. He’s ready.”

This is a strong show of faith from his manager, especially considering the stopper has been blamed for Leeds dropping points in the mid-week tie with Bristol City.

He fumbled the ball on a number of occasions, and looks completley unable to command his penalty area. He also let in a cheap goal at his near post, and City’s injury time equaliser came from Silvestri failing to clear the ball from a corner.

Rightly, Silvestri was blamed for the 2-2 result, but the criticism he has received is far too negative considering how impressive he has been for the Yorkshire-based club since his transfer last summer.

Rosler has backed his ‘keeper, giving him a chance to prove he is still the talented individual he has proven himself to be previously.

Whilst wise in the short-team, if Silvestri continues to put in poor performances like he did against City, Rosler should face no trouble dropping him for Ross Turnbull, as it could prove the wisest move for both the club and Silvestri’s development.

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