Steve Evans claims Leeds goalkeeper Marco Silvestri has been "outstanding" since he took over

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The Leeds boss had tried to bring in several goalkeepers during the loan window, but now appears content with his current number one.

Leeds boss Steve Evans has praised the form of goalkeeper Marco Silvestri since the former Rotherham manager arrived at Elland Road, after the Italian produced another fine display against Charlton at the weekend, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports.

Silvestri produced two wonderful saves to deny Ademola Lookman and Ricardo Vaz Te during the stalemate at The Valley. But Evans suggested that the 24-year-old's performance was typical of what he has seen since he arrived at the club in October. 

"Since I've come in the big fella has been outstanding. He's producing the type of performance they thought he was capable of when they first brought him to the club," he said.

"He's a confidence boy so we tell him every day that he's great. He's producing great performance," he added.

Evans' assessment of Silvestri's form comes just weeks after the 53-year-old attempted to bring Wolves' Carl Ikeme, Rotherham's Lee Camp and Anders Lindegaard of West Brom to Elland Road during the loan window as cover - or perhaps competition - while Ross Turnbull was sidelined with a broken ankle (via Yorkshire Evening Post).

So his high praise for the stopper suggests that the former Chievo man is starting to convince his manager that he is capable of handling the number one role without the need for competition from a senior rival with either Premier League or Championship experience.

The goalless draw against the Addicks was only the Whites' fourth clean sheet of the campaign, but there is little question that it would have been even fewer had it not been for Silvestri.

Although his distribution is sometimes questionable, his ability to produce match-winning saves - as he proved against Charlton - is undeniable, and Leeds' chances of moving up the Championship table will largely depend on whether he can maintain that form over the coming months. 

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