Does Rob Green's contract put Leeds United goalkeeper Marco Silvestri's future in doubt?

Leeds manager Garry Monk

The Italian's chances of reclaiming his first-team place at Leeds United appears all but over.

Leeds United's Robert Green

No one could begrudge Rob Green earning a new deal at Leeds United. Activating an appearance clause in the one-year deal he signed in the summer after joining from QPR, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, The Whites would surely have handed the 37-year-old an extension based on performances alone.

It may have taken until the latter stages of the season for Green to finally be rewarded with the credit his evergreen performances deserve. A couple of shaky, pre-Christmas displays have given way to a string of fine virtuoso displays through winter into spring.

Without his reliability and undimmed reflexes, Leeds may have dropped crucial points against the likes of Bristol City and Birmingham while his inspired penalty save in last month’s dramatic 1-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday may go down as one of the season’s defining moments.

No wonder the club are so pleased for him to carry on.

The issue, however, is where this leaves Marco Silvestri. Undisputed number one for two seasons before Green took over, the Italian never fully convinced with his inability to command his area a constant concern in a league renowned for its physicality and set piece threat.

Leeds United's Marco Silvestri celebrates with team mates after the penalty shootout

As such, the Italian has featured just six times under Monk, each time in cup competitions. Ironically, it was his error of judgement that lead to non-league Sutton United knocking The Whites out of the FA Cup in the fourth round.

Furthermore, with Bailey Peacock-Farrell earning rave reviews in the reserves and Monk more than happy to hand opportunities to the club’s next generation, this leaves Silvestri wedged between a rock and a hard place; shunted down the pecking order by the summer signing and potentially usurped by the youngster.

He may be one of the few Massimo Cellino signings still at Elland Road but, for the sake of his own future, perhaps it’s time to go.

Leeds' Marco Silvestri saves from Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum

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