The Silvestri dilemma: How does Rosler get the best out the Leeds no.1?

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The errors are no longer a standalone issue for the Leeds goalkeeper. He is consistently making costly mistakes.

After another mistake from Leeds United's Marco Silvestri on Tuesday night, there appears to be a consensus that the Italian needs a break.

HITC Sport argued the need to drop the goalkeeper after his high-profile clanger against Ipswich Town and readers agreed. Many fans on Twitter, meanwhile, seem to share that view.

Beyond that, though, there needs to be a long-term solution. The flaws in Silvestri's game have been abundantly clear for some months but no one has done anything about them. Yet the 24-year-old remains a fine shot stopper and a goalkeeper who, if he addresses his weaknesses, has the potential to be the Championship's undisputed best.

So dropping him and giving him a rest is certainly the right thing to do. But boss Uwe Rosler now needs to think about the long run.

Last season, Neil Redfearn publicly criticised Silvestri despite repeatedly defending him earlier that campaign. Suffice to say that approach didn't work. Nor did the Italian cut out the errors after seeing Stuart Taylor play in between the sticks for Leeds at the end of the season.

This term, after he erred against Bristol City, Rosler firmly defended the 24-year-old to the press. But that approach hasn't quite worked either.

What Silvestri needs is firm management behind the scenes. The Leeds boss needs to take him to one side and warn him that his command of the box, ability to deal with crosses and general decision-making, now that the errors are happening alarmingly frequently, all need to improve. Individual training sessions need to be set up where the shot stopper is doing things differently to the rest of the 'keepers in the Whites squad.

Silvestri needs someone to focus on the poor areas of his game more than anyone. It's become obvious they've been neglected.

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