The shadow of Marco Silvestri looms large over young Leeds duo Eric Grimes and Bailey Peacock-Farrell

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The young Leeds United goalkeepers could be competing with the experienced Italian for a first-team spot for years to come.

In a recent interview with BBC Radio Leeds, Steve Evans suggested that he would have had no problems sending on young goalkeeper Eric Grimes if Leeds United’s first-choice stopper Marco Silvestri had been injured against Blackburn Rovers.

With teenager Bailey Peacock-Farrell unavailable, 21-year-old Grimes was called into Leeds’ match-day squad for their latest clash, and Evans was quick to praise his potential after the final whistle.

Earlier in the season, Evans told the same radio station that he planned to give 19-year-old Peacock-Farrell his senior debut as soon as Leeds were mathematically safe this season.

However, despite the understandable praise for both young Leeds stoppers, the shadow of Silvestri looms large.

After all the Italian is only 25 himself and he is already contracted to Leeds until the summer of 2018.

If he continues to impress a new deal will surely be offered in due course, and that could leave Grimes and Peacock-Farrell wondering just how long they will have to wait for regular first-team football at Elland Road.

If Silvestri is ultimately sold, the young pair could battle it out when they are old enough to be given such responsibility. However an alternative scenario could a see Grimes leave with Peacock-Farrell having a big decision to make himself a few years down the line.

The teenager is the brighter prospect and Leeds will not want to lose either at this stage, but Silvestri’s long-term plans could in turn determine just what the future holds for the two promising stoppers.

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