Paul Heckingbottom made the brave decision to throw Leeds United goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell in at the deep end against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday night - and Marco Silvestri reacted on Twitter.
Peacock-Farrell, 21, was given only his second Leeds start after German stopper Felix Wiedwald came in for huge criticism after a string of disappointing performances of late, which has coincided with the Whites' form.
| Bailey Peacock-Farrell leaps into action as he makes another save in the second half 2-0 pic.twitter.com/iCEnXR3wBu— Leeds United (@LUFC) March 7, 2018
The Northern Irishman was arguably Leeds' best player on the night despite conceding three goals to the Championship's leaders, as the pressure increased on Heckingbottom following the 3-0 loss.
Italian goalkeeper Silvestri, who left Leeds last summer to join relegation-threatened Serie A side Hellas Verona, posted on his Twitter account that he was delighted to see former teammate Peacock-Farrell start for the Whites.
Congratulation mate for you’r start @bailey_pf Yu deserve it !!— Marco Silvestri (@MarcoSilver1991) March 8, 2018
Peacock-Farrell had made one previous appearance for the Whites, being given the nod by Neil Warnock back in May 2016 for a trip to QPR which finished 1-1.
It now remains to be seen if the Darlington-born stopper will continue between the sticks on Saturday, as Leeds face Reading at the Madjeski Stadium.
The pressure will be on Heckingbottom, who could be running out of games to save his time at Elland Road, despite being in the job for only a month.