Steve Evans slams Leeds goalkeeping situation, hints at signing after criticising Rosler

Steve Evans intends to sign a new goalkeeper to compete with Marco Silvestri.

Leeds United boss Steve Evans has told LUTV that his side need another goalkeeper - and even criticised predecessor Uwe Rosler for not signing one when speaking to Phil Hay of the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Evans opened his spell as Leeds manager with a 1-1 draw at Fulham on Wednesday night having been appointed on Monday, replacing Rosler after the German lasted just five months at Elland Road.

On Saturday, it was another 1-1 draw for Evans as Mirco Antenucci's penalty rescued a point for the Whites against Bolton Wanderers, after Shola Ameobi had put Neil Lennon's side in front.

Ameobi's goal came after more questionable goalkeeping from Italian Marco Silvestri, who has come in for plenty of criticism already this season.

The problem facing Evans right now is that second choice stopper Ross Turnbull is currently out injured, meaning there is no veteran presence to come in for Silvestri - and Evans told LUTV after the final whistle that Leeds need two goalkeepers battling for the #1 jersey, before telling Phil Hay of the Yorkshire Evening Post that he will do what predecessor Rosler didn't - just sign a goalkeeper rather than talk about it.

"Well, I don't think it's any hidden secret that Leeds United should have two goalkeepers that compete for the number one shirt," said Evans. "It's not Marco's fault, nothing can be laid at his door that he's left as the only one competing for the shirt, with the injury to the other lad," he added.


Those are strong comments from Evans, with a goalkeeper signing seemingly expected in the coming days or weeks, just to put some pressure on Silvestri, whose performances this season have left a lot to be desired.

As for Rosler, there wasn't a great deal of time between him losing Turnbull and becoming the latest Leeds manager to be sacked by Massimo Cellino, so such stern criticism may be a little harsh, but Leeds fans will be pleased to know that the new boss knows what he wants in the transfer market.

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