By Will Butcher
Garry Monk should drop goalkeeper Rob Green and bring in Marco Silvestri ahead of Leeds’ Championship clash against Rotherham.
Ex-England international Green has made a mediocre start to life at Elland Road, following his free transfer from Championship rivals Queens Park Rangers.
The 26-year-old made a horrific blunder for Newcastle’s first goal on Sunday, as he dropped a wayward pass from midfielder Jack Colback at the feet of Dwight Gayle.
Given Green’s lack of command of his box and that he has kept just five clean sheets in 18 league and cup appearances this season, former Swansea boss Monk should seriously consider the possibility of giving Italian shot stopper Silvestri a chance against Rotherham.
In stark contrast to Green, former Cagliari goalkeeper Silvestri has kept two clean sheets in his three EFL Cup appearances this term.
The other was a penalty shootout win against Norwich, in which Silvestri was given the man of the match award after saving spot kicks from Steven Naismith, Graeme Dorrans and set-piece specialist Robbie Brady.
Signed by Cellino, the 25-year-old had been the Yorkshire giants undisputed number one for two years before the signing of Green.
Known for his shot-stopping ability, Silvestri was even rumoured to be interesting a number of Premier League sides during his first season. But questions over his temperament have clouded his overall ability.
Earlier this year, the goalkeeper deleted his Twitter account after reportedly liking a tweet that suggested Monk should be sacked.
With Leeds set to face the Championship’s rock-bottom side in Rotherham, Silvestri could be finally given his chance in between the sticks at the New York Stadium if he and Monk put their differences aside.
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